AndyB Rates the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (FB)





Rutgers Scarlet Knights (FB)

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Sports:
Football
League:
NCAA Football
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Location:
New Brunswick, NJ United States
Conference:
Big Ten Conference

Season Outlook Analysis

Offense
Position
Quarterbacks
C
Sitkowski is Rutgers new, "hot shot" quarterback following in a line of heralded QBs that went onto decent college careers - and some even in the NFL. This score will probably go up as the season goes on, but for now, I cannot see this rating much higher. Sitkowski is one of several true freshmen QBs around the country, so not unheard of. But, he will have his struggles along the way and Rutgers will have to suffer through them - including a Week 2 meeting with Ohio State.
Running Backs
B
This is probably the strongest part of the Rutgers offense this year.
Protection & Blocking
B-
Receiving
C-
Almost no experience in this group this season. They have a few highly regarded prospects, but no one who has produced on the field.
Skills
Speed
C
Production
C-
Big Play Ability
C-
Consistency
C-
Red Zone Success
C+

Defense
Position
Defensive Line
B
Linebackers
D
Very thin
Defensive Backs
F
extremely thin
Skills
Passing Game Defense
D
Stopping the Run
C
Controlling Field Position
C
Stopping The Big Play
F
Causing Turnovers
D
Skills Analysis Notes
The defense has been a strong point for Rutgers, but it has been their achilles heel lately.

Special Teams and Coaching
Special Teams
Place Kicking
C-
Punting
B
Kickoff/Punt Returning
C+
Kickoff/Punt Coverage
C
Coaching
Effectiveness
C
Preparedness
C-
Decision Making
C+
Overall Coaching / School Analysis
McNulty is a good coach on offense. Hopefully be brings some energy and excitement to this crew. That should let Ash focus a little more where he needs to and share some of his defensive expertise too.

Overall Team
Overall Team Grade
C-
Analysis
It is hard to think this team will not struggle again this year. They are thin, inexperienced, and in areas just bad. They should be able to get by Texas State, Buffalo, and hopefully Kansas. Let's see if they can steal a game in the Big Ten too.
Last season, did the team
meet your expectations?
Drastically Underperformed
Expected Wins
4
Expected Losses
8
Expectations/ Outlook
It is hard to expect too much from this team. They really have not given you too much to be hopeful for.