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This year, Rutgers is a solid middle of the road Big Ten program, which sports a 4-6 record overall. Rutgers plays tough defense, but offensive struggles have persisted, as the teams best RB was lost to injury, and the teams best wr left the program. Consequently, we’ve struggled against the best teams in the conference, but have generally played competitively against everyone else, save for Iowa, where we struggled with turnovers.

The Offensive Line is Huge and averages 6-5 320 lbs. Willie Tyler is a powerful Left Tackle, who excels at run blocking, and struggled earlier in the season with pass protection, but has progressively improved as the season has drawn on. Left Guard JD Direnzo was an All American at Sacred Heart University and has generally played well. Center Ireland Brown has played solidly, and has brought a certain physicality to the position we haven’t seen in a long time. Right Guard Curtis Dunlap has been up and done, and rotates with Mike Ciaffoni.

Right Tackle Hollin Pierce is particularly huge, going 6’8” 335 pounds and likely has an NFL future if he continues to get better.

Our leading rusher is out for the season with injury, so Rutgers rushing attack is spearheaded by Kyle Monangai, a small, powerful back, who is especially adept at running between the tackles, Against MSU, he rushed for 165 yards, which was a season high for any back. Al Shadee Salaam had a 28 yard TD run, which beat Boston College. Aaron Young is an impact back, especially out of the backfield, and returned from injury last game.

Quarterback Gavin Wimsatt has Superstar potential, but he is still learning the game,and acclimating to the tough competition in the Big East. In his first real start against Michigan, he played well in the first half, making a number of big plays, but then struggled in the second half, as Michigan dropped its linebackers into coverage, goading Wimsatt to throw 3 interceptions. Against MSU he eliminated the turnovers but missed opportunities.

Wimsatt is a threat to make big plays with his arm and is legs, but must get better at reading defenses and throwing more accurately. His talent is obvious, but must avoid turnovers.

Rutgers WR Corp is led by Sean Ryan, who had four catches for 54 yards and a TD vs Michigan. He’s shown the ability to defeat man coverage in recent games due to his size and tenacity, demonstrating the ability to highpoint the ball. He is complemented by

Aron Cruickshank, a 5-10 sparkplug, who has 317 receiving yards on the season. Cruickshank is also a particularly dangerous returner, and is a threat to take the ball to the house, every time he gets his hands on it. Shameen Jones is a super senior with an impressive ypc average. Shameen beat double coverage to score a TD against MSU in the waning minutes of the game. Chris Long had an impressive 48 yard reception to setup a touchdown vs Michigan.

Rutgers tight ends are led by tough, hardnosed Senior Johnny Langan, who has 21 catches for 178 yards. Matt Alaimo is the other tight end. Mike Higgins is a freshman TE who saw his first action vs MSU.

Rutgers Defense is led by DE Aaron Lewis, who has been especially productive. Wesley Bailey is the other DE. Tackles are Ifeanyi Maijeh, Mayan Ahonatu, Kyonte Hamilton, and Troy Rainey. Maijeh is especially tough against the run. Hamilton is a budding star. All will rotate extensively, to keep themselves fresh. The Defensive Line is probably the deepest, most talented unit on the team, which is why we are much improved, defensively.

LB Deion Jennings has terrific instincts and a good nose for the ball. He leads the team with 78 tackles. He did not play much, last week, and was replaced by Jamier Wright-Collins, who played well. Tyreem Powell is the other LB, and he will be a star one day.

Rutgers DBs are led by seniors Christian Izien and Avery Young, both safeties. Izien in particular, is a heavy hitter, and has been playing like a linebacker, in the box at times, and consequently has piled up stats. Max Melton will be matched up against your best receiver. The other Corner figures to be Robert Longerbeam, who played well against Michigan. Desmond Igbinosun plays safety and Avery Young is the Free Safety, with NFL potential.

As far as Special Teams go, we've got perhaps the best punter in the nation, and a new kicker. Punter Adam Korsaks penchant for pinning opponents deep, and flipping field position, will be especially valuable. Jude McAtamney is the kicker who has been solid. Returner Cruickshank is an especially adept.

Rutgers keys to the game include running the ball, stopping the run, avoiding turnovers, and rushing the passer. We are probably going to use various pressures from time to time, which could leave us susceptible to being burned.

Rutgers games with Penn State haven’t been close. But this years game should be more competitive, as long as Rutgers can refrain from turning the ball over.
 

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How many consecutive years can Schiano post sub 500 records before Rutgers fans stop blaming Ashe? Other than that thanks for your usual upbeat in-depth contribution. Al, you know if Rutgers played as positively as you write they’d be in the playoffs every year.
 
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This year, Rutgers is a solid middle of the road Big Ten program, which sports a 4-6 record overall. Rutgers plays tough defense, but offensive struggles have persisted, as the teams best RB was lost to injury, and the teams best wr left the program. Consequently, we’ve struggled against the best teams in the conference, but have generally played competitively against everyone else, save for Iowa, where we struggled with turnovers.

The Offensive Line is Huge and averages 6-5 320 lbs. Willie Tyler is a powerful Left Tackle, who excels at run blocking, and struggled earlier in the season with pass protection, but has progressively improved as the season has drawn on. Left Guard JD Direnzo was an All American at Sacred Heart University and has generally played well. Center Ireland Brown has played solidly, and has brought a certain physicality to the position we haven’t seen in a long time. Right Guard Curtis Dunlap has been up and done, and rotates with Mike Ciaffoni.

Right Tackle Hollin Pierce is particularly huge, going 6’8” 335 pounds and likely has an NFL future if he continues to get better.

Our leading rusher is out for the season with injury, so Rutgers rushing attack is spearheaded by Kyle Monangai, a small, powerful back, who is especially adept at running between the tackles, Against MSU, he rushed for 165 yards, which was a season high for any back. Al Shadee Salaam had a 28 yard TD run, which beat Boston College. Aaron Young is an impact back, especially out of the backfield, and returned from injury last game.

Quarterback Gavin Wimsatt has Superstar potential, but he is still learning the game,and acclimating to the tough competition in the Big East. In his first real start against Michigan, he played well in the first half, making a number of big plays, but then struggled in the second half, as Michigan dropped its linebackers into coverage, goading Wimsatt to throw 3 interceptions. Against MSU he eliminated the turnovers but missed opportunities.

Wimsatt is a threat to make big plays with his arm and is legs, but must get better at reading defenses and throwing more accurately. His talent is obvious, but must avoid turnovers.

Rutgers WR Corp is led by Sean Ryan, who had four catches for 54 yards and a TD vs Michigan. He’s shown the ability to defeat man coverage in recent games due to his size and tenacity, demonstrating the ability to highpoint the ball. He is complemented by

Aron Cruickshank, a 5-10 sparkplug, who has 317 receiving yards on the season. Cruickshank is also a particularly dangerous returner, and is a threat to take the ball to the house, every time he gets his hands on it. Shameen Jones is a super senior with an impressive ypc average. Shameen beat double coverage to score a TD against MSU in the waning minutes of the game. Chris Long had an impressive 48 yard reception to setup a touchdown vs Michigan.

Rutgers tight ends are led by tough, hardnosed Senior Johnny Langan, who has 21 catches for 178 yards. Matt Alaimo is the other tight end. Mike Higgins is a freshman TE who saw his first action vs MSU.

Rutgers Defense is led by DE Aaron Lewis, who has been especially productive. Wesley Bailey is the other DE. Tackles are Ifeanyi Maijeh, Mayan Ahonatu, Kyonte Hamilton, and Troy Rainey. Maijeh is especially tough against the run. Hamilton is a budding star. All will rotate extensively, to keep themselves fresh. The Defensive Line is probably the deepest, most talented unit on the team, which is why we are much improved, defensively.

LB Deion Jennings has terrific instincts and a good nose for the ball. He leads the team with 78 tackles. He did not play much, last week, and was replaced by Jamier Wright-Collins, who played well. Tyreem Powell is the other LB, and he will be a star one day.

Rutgers DBs are led by seniors Christian Izien and Avery Young, both safeties. Izien in particular, is a heavy hitter, and has been playing like a linebacker, in the box at times, and consequently has piled up stats. Max Melton will be matched up against your best receiver. The other Corner figures to be Robert Longerbeam, who played well against Michigan. Desmond Igbinosun plays safety and Avery Young is the Free Safety, with NFL potential.

As far as Special Teams go, we've got perhaps the best punter in the nation, and a new kicker. Punter Adam Korsaks penchant for pinning opponents deep, and flipping field position, will be especially valuable. Jude McAtamney is the kicker who has been solid. Returner Cruickshank is an especially adept.

Rutgers keys to the game include running the ball, stopping the run, avoiding turnovers, and rushing the passer. We are probably going to use various pressures from time to time, which could leave us susceptible to being burned.

Rutgers games with Penn State haven’t been close. But this years game should be more competitive, as long as Rutgers can refrain from turning the ball over.
Welcome back. Thanks for the intel.
 

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This year, Rutgers is a solid middle of the road Big Ten program, which sports a 4-6 record overall.
You are 1-6 and last place in the conference. There is nothing middle of the road about Rutgers. You have a turnover machine as Qb who leads one of the worst offenses in the country ranking 121 in total offense and 114 in scoring offense. The oline may be big but they are not very good. The defense has failed to stop any team with a half way decent offense. They put up gaudy numbers early playing against some of the worst offenses in college football but have since shown that they are average. I will agree that the punter is one of the best in the nation.
 
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Thomas1945

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You are 1-6 and last place in the conference. There is nothing middle of the road about Rutgers. You have a turnover machine as Qb who leads one of the worst offenses in the country ranking 121 in total offense and 114 in scoring offense. The oline may be big but they are not very good. The defense has failed to stop any team with a half way decent offense. They put up gaudy numbers early playing against some of the worst offenses in college football but have since shown that they are average. I will agree that the punter is one of the best in the nation.
Talking trash with Rutgersal, woof, woof I love it. Before your post listening to Al I thought the Georgia Bulldogs were next up on the PSU schedule.
 

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You are 1-6 and last place in the conference. There is nothing middle of the road about Rutgers. You have a turnover machine as Qb who leads one of the worst offenses in the country ranking 121 in total offense and 114 in scoring offense. The oline may be big but they are not very good. The defense has failed to stop any team with a half way decent offense. They put up gaudy numbers early playing against some of the worst offenses in college football but have since shown that they are average. I will agree that the punter is one of the best in the nation.
come on dog, its RutgersAl, be nice.

You are correct though, as we should win 56-3
 

psulongago

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This year, Rutgers is a solid middle of the road Big Ten program, which sports a 4-6 record overall. Rutgers plays tough defense, but offensive struggles have persisted, as the teams best RB was lost to injury, and the teams best wr left the program. Consequently, we’ve struggled against the best teams in the conference, but have generally played competitively against everyone else, save for Iowa, where we struggled with turnovers.

The Offensive Line is Huge and averages 6-5 320 lbs. Willie Tyler is a powerful Left Tackle, who excels at run blocking, and struggled earlier in the season with pass protection, but has progressively improved as the season has drawn on. Left Guard JD Direnzo was an All American at Sacred Heart University and has generally played well. Center Ireland Brown has played solidly, and has brought a certain physicality to the position we haven’t seen in a long time. Right Guard Curtis Dunlap has been up and done, and rotates with Mike Ciaffoni.

Right Tackle Hollin Pierce is particularly huge, going 6’8” 335 pounds and likely has an NFL future if he continues to get better.

Our leading rusher is out for the season with injury, so Rutgers rushing attack is spearheaded by Kyle Monangai, a small, powerful back, who is especially adept at running between the tackles, Against MSU, he rushed for 165 yards, which was a season high for any back. Al Shadee Salaam had a 28 yard TD run, which beat Boston College. Aaron Young is an impact back, especially out of the backfield, and returned from injury last game.

Quarterback Gavin Wimsatt has Superstar potential, but he is still learning the game,and acclimating to the tough competition in the Big East. In his first real start against Michigan, he played well in the first half, making a number of big plays, but then struggled in the second half, as Michigan dropped its linebackers into coverage, goading Wimsatt to throw 3 interceptions. Against MSU he eliminated the turnovers but missed opportunities.

Wimsatt is a threat to make big plays with his arm and is legs, but must get better at reading defenses and throwing more accurately. His talent is obvious, but must avoid turnovers.

Rutgers WR Corp is led by Sean Ryan, who had four catches for 54 yards and a TD vs Michigan. He’s shown the ability to defeat man coverage in recent games due to his size and tenacity, demonstrating the ability to highpoint the ball. He is complemented by

Aron Cruickshank, a 5-10 sparkplug, who has 317 receiving yards on the season. Cruickshank is also a particularly dangerous returner, and is a threat to take the ball to the house, every time he gets his hands on it. Shameen Jones is a super senior with an impressive ypc average. Shameen beat double coverage to score a TD against MSU in the waning minutes of the game. Chris Long had an impressive 48 yard reception to setup a touchdown vs Michigan.

Rutgers tight ends are led by tough, hardnosed Senior Johnny Langan, who has 21 catches for 178 yards. Matt Alaimo is the other tight end. Mike Higgins is a freshman TE who saw his first action vs MSU.

Rutgers Defense is led by DE Aaron Lewis, who has been especially productive. Wesley Bailey is the other DE. Tackles are Ifeanyi Maijeh, Mayan Ahonatu, Kyonte Hamilton, and Troy Rainey. Maijeh is especially tough against the run. Hamilton is a budding star. All will rotate extensively, to keep themselves fresh. The Defensive Line is probably the deepest, most talented unit on the team, which is why we are much improved, defensively.

LB Deion Jennings has terrific instincts and a good nose for the ball. He leads the team with 78 tackles. He did not play much, last week, and was replaced by Jamier Wright-Collins, who played well. Tyreem Powell is the other LB, and he will be a star one day.

Rutgers DBs are led by seniors Christian Izien and Avery Young, both safeties. Izien in particular, is a heavy hitter, and has been playing like a linebacker, in the box at times, and consequently has piled up stats. Max Melton will be matched up against your best receiver. The other Corner figures to be Robert Longerbeam, who played well against Michigan. Desmond Igbinosun plays safety and Avery Young is the Free Safety, with NFL potential.

As far as Special Teams go, we've got perhaps the best punter in the nation, and a new kicker. Punter Adam Korsaks penchant for pinning opponents deep, and flipping field position, will be especially valuable. Jude McAtamney is the kicker who has been solid. Returner Cruickshank is an especially adept.

Rutgers keys to the game include running the ball, stopping the run, avoiding turnovers, and rushing the passer. We are probably going to use various pressures from time to time, which could leave us susceptible to being burned.

Rutgers games with Penn State haven’t been close. But this years game should be more competitive, as long as T
 

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This year, Rutgers is a solid middle of the road Big Ten program, which sports a 4-6 record overall. Rutgers plays tough defense, but offensive struggles have persisted, as the teams best RB was lost to injury, and the teams best wr left the program. Consequently, we’ve struggled against the best teams in the conference, but have generally played competitively against everyone else, save for Iowa, where we struggled with turnovers.

The Offensive Line is Huge and averages 6-5 320 lbs. Willie Tyler is a powerful Left Tackle, who excels at run blocking, and struggled earlier in the season with pass protection, but has progressively improved as the season has drawn on. Left Guard JD Direnzo was an All American at Sacred Heart University and has generally played well. Center Ireland Brown has played solidly, and has brought a certain physicality to the position we haven’t seen in a long time. Right Guard Curtis Dunlap has been up and done, and rotates with Mike Ciaffoni.

Right Tackle Hollin Pierce is particularly huge, going 6’8” 335 pounds and likely has an NFL future if he continues to get better.

Our leading rusher is out for the season with injury, so Rutgers rushing attack is spearheaded by Kyle Monangai, a small, powerful back, who is especially adept at running between the tackles, Against MSU, he rushed for 165 yards, which was a season high for any back. Al Shadee Salaam had a 28 yard TD run, which beat Boston College. Aaron Young is an impact back, especially out of the backfield, and returned from injury last game.

Quarterback Gavin Wimsatt has Superstar potential, but he is still learning the game,and acclimating to the tough competition in the Big East. In his first real start against Michigan, he played well in the first half, making a number of big plays, but then struggled in the second half, as Michigan dropped its linebackers into coverage, goading Wimsatt to throw 3 interceptions. Against MSU he eliminated the turnovers but missed opportunities.

Wimsatt is a threat to make big plays with his arm and is legs, but must get better at reading defenses and throwing more accurately. His talent is obvious, but must avoid turnovers.

Rutgers WR Corp is led by Sean Ryan, who had four catches for 54 yards and a TD vs Michigan. He’s shown the ability to defeat man coverage in recent games due to his size and tenacity, demonstrating the ability to highpoint the ball. He is complemented by

Aron Cruickshank, a 5-10 sparkplug, who has 317 receiving yards on the season. Cruickshank is also a particularly dangerous returner, and is a threat to take the ball to the house, every time he gets his hands on it. Shameen Jones is a super senior with an impressive ypc average. Shameen beat double coverage to score a TD against MSU in the waning minutes of the game. Chris Long had an impressive 48 yard reception to setup a touchdown vs Michigan.

Rutgers tight ends are led by tough, hardnosed Senior Johnny Langan, who has 21 catches for 178 yards. Matt Alaimo is the other tight end. Mike Higgins is a freshman TE who saw his first action vs MSU.

Rutgers Defense is led by DE Aaron Lewis, who has been especially productive. Wesley Bailey is the other DE. Tackles are Ifeanyi Maijeh, Mayan Ahonatu, Kyonte Hamilton, and Troy Rainey. Maijeh is especially tough against the run. Hamilton is a budding star. All will rotate extensively, to keep themselves fresh. The Defensive Line is probably the deepest, most talented unit on the team, which is why we are much improved, defensively.

LB Deion Jennings has terrific instincts and a good nose for the ball. He leads the team with 78 tackles. He did not play much, last week, and was replaced by Jamier Wright-Collins, who played well. Tyreem Powell is the other LB, and he will be a star one day.

Rutgers DBs are led by seniors Christian Izien and Avery Young, both safeties. Izien in particular, is a heavy hitter, and has been playing like a linebacker, in the box at times, and consequently has piled up stats. Max Melton will be matched up against your best receiver. The other Corner figures to be Robert Longerbeam, who played well against Michigan. Desmond Igbinosun plays safety and Avery Young is the Free Safety, with NFL potential.

As far as Special Teams go, we've got perhaps the best punter in the nation, and a new kicker. Punter Adam Korsaks penchant for pinning opponents deep, and flipping field position, will be especially valuable. Jude McAtamney is the kicker who has been solid. Returner Cruickshank is an especially adept.

Rutgers keys to the game include running the ball, stopping the run, avoiding turnovers, and rushing the passer. We are probably going to use various pressures from time to time, which could leave us susceptible to being burned.

Rutgers games with Penn State haven’t been close. But this years game should be more competitive, as long as Rutgers can refrain from turning the ball over.

Huh??? Buttgers is a "solid middle of the road b1g program"??? They're freaking 1-6 in Conference play - in what universe is that "solid middle of the road"??? LMFAO
 

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RutgersAl is an institution. If you read closely, he has a number of good-natured caveats concerning Rutgers' likely performance. I just wish that he would drop by more than once a year. He is a breath of fresh air from all the fans who take themselves too seriously!

Good luck, Al!
 

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RutgersAl is an institution. If you read closely, he has a number of good-natured caveats concerning Rutgers' likely performance. I just wish that he would drop by more than once a year. He is a breath of fresh air from all the fans who take themselves too seriously!

Good luck, Al!
Many of our own fans could take lessons from Al.
 

bourbon n blues

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Many of our own fans could take lessons from Al.
We need better drugs though. I think people have to look at this as a fun hobby , not some serious thing. Have fun with it and leave it on the field .
After the disappointing OSU loss I went archery hunting with my 81 yo dad. I have less years of hunting with him than osu losses in the near future.
Have fun with it and hope for the best.
 

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Is Timmy Ward getting any reps on defense or is he only being used as a special teams player?
 

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We need better drugs though. I think people have to look at this as a fun hobby , not some serious thing. Have fun with it and leave it on the field .
After the disappointing OSU loss I went archery hunting with my 81 yo dad. I have less years of hunting with him than osu losses in the near future.
Have fun with it and hope for the best.
It's a personality defect to somehow take a loss (of a team you identify with as a fan) as personal.
"Holding people accountable" LOL....like some fanboy has any impact on what actually happens on the field.
"For what WE are paying him." LOL I check my bank statement on line virtually everyday and I have yet to pay Joe, Bill or James a penny.
It didn't take me 72 years to figure out that if something hurts/upsets/makes me unhappy, do something else.
 
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We need better drugs though. I think people have to look at this as a fun hobby , not some serious thing. Have fun with it and leave it on the field .
After the disappointing OSU loss I went archery hunting with my 81 yo dad. I have less years of hunting with him than osu losses in the near future.
Have fun with it and hope for the best.
I was archery hunting while checking in on the broadcast on my phone. The bright side is I couldn't yell at the TV during the 4th quarter meltdown.
 

bourbon n blues

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I was archery hunting while checking in on the broadcast on my phone. The bright side is I couldn't yell at the TV during the 4th quarter meltdown.
My dad can only sit so long so I'll sometimes walk the land to maybe move some to him. After the game sI just went and sat.
 

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Huh??? Buttgers is a "solid middle of the road b1g program"??? They're freaking 1-6 in Conference play - in what universe is that "solid middle of the road"??? LMFAO
New to RutgersAl, eh? You should have been around when Rutgers was the USC of the East.

Whatever universe he lives in, he enjoys it immensely and doesn’t really troll. He just shows us a different view. One that none of us has ever considered! lol
 

CJFisJoePaII

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New to RutgersAl, eh? You should have been around when Rutgers was the USC of the East.

Whatever universe he lives in, he enjoys it immensely and doesn’t really troll. He just shows us a different view. One that none of us has ever considered! lol

What view is that - the one from the looney-bin?
 

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You are 1-6 and last place in the conference. There is nothing middle of the road about Rutgers. You have a turnover machine as Qb who leads one of the worst offenses in the country ranking 121 in total offense and 114 in scoring offense. The oline may be big but they are not very good. The defense has failed to stop any team with a half way decent offense. They put up gaudy numbers early playing against some of the worst offenses in college football but have since shown that they are average. I will agree that the punter is one of the best in the nation.
your comments lack context. This will be our quarterbacks third game. He turned the ball over three times against Michigan in the 2nd half, because Michigan dropped their Linebackers into coverage, and he failed to notice that. He bounced back against Michigan State and did not turn the ball over. He is a work in progress who will one day be a Superstar.

The offensive line has been serviceable vs everyone. The defense has played well most of the season. the biggest problem has been the lack of offensive production, which has put the defense in tough spots. The defense has played competitively against everyone save OSU and Michigan, which is hardly surprising. The offense played well against MSU, and we are hopeful they will build on that effort.
 

Thomas1945

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your comments lack context. This will be our quarterbacks third game. He turned the ball over three times against Michigan in the 2nd half, because Michigan dropped their Linebackers into coverage, and he failed to notice that. He bounced back against Michigan State and did not turn the ball over. He is a work in progress who will one day be a Superstar.

The offensive line has been serviceable vs everyone. The defense has played well most of the season. the biggest problem has been the lack of offensive production, which has put the defense in tough spots. The defense has played competitively against everyone save OSU and Michigan, which is hardly surprising. The offense played well against MSU, and we are hopeful they will build on that effort.
Hey Al, is it true that you had a side gig in the second Iraqi war as their Minister of Information. We’re you Baghdad Bob?
 

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The Rutgers offense is good, just can't really run or throw the ball well hence they have trouble scoring. The good news is the defense is solid with a porous secondary, slow linebackers and a weak defensive line thus allowing a lot of points. The kicker is money, a quarter of the time and the punter has lots of opportunities. All in all, Rutgers is a fundamentally solid team that is improving. Prediction: PSU will win a hard fought, closely contested game.....42- 7.
 
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RutgersAl: Thanks for checking in, and keep up the posts here. Appreciate your perspective.

BTW, I would love to see a matchup between your Rutgers Scarlet Knights and my Sturdy Golden Bears. That would surely be a clash of titans. Worthy of a writeup by Steve Harvey (who used to have a weekly Bottom 10 column during college football season).
 
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This year, Rutgers is a solid middle of the road Big Ten program, which sports a 4-6 record overall. Rutgers plays tough defense, but offensive struggles have persisted, as the teams best RB was lost to injury, and the teams best wr left the program. Consequently, we’ve struggled against the best teams in the conference, but have generally played competitively against everyone else, save for Iowa, where we struggled with turnovers.

The Offensive Line is Huge and averages 6-5 320 lbs. Willie Tyler is a powerful Left Tackle, who excels at run blocking, and struggled earlier in the season with pass protection, but has progressively improved as the season has drawn on. Left Guard JD Direnzo was an All American at Sacred Heart University and has generally played well. Center Ireland Brown has played solidly, and has brought a certain physicality to the position we haven’t seen in a long time. Right Guard Curtis Dunlap has been up and done, and rotates with Mike Ciaffoni.

Right Tackle Hollin Pierce is particularly huge, going 6’8” 335 pounds and likely has an NFL future if he continues to get better.

Our leading rusher is out for the season with injury, so Rutgers rushing attack is spearheaded by Kyle Monangai, a small, powerful back, who is especially adept at running between the tackles, Against MSU, he rushed for 165 yards, which was a season high for any back. Al Shadee Salaam had a 28 yard TD run, which beat Boston College. Aaron Young is an impact back, especially out of the backfield, and returned from injury last game.

Quarterback Gavin Wimsatt has Superstar potential, but he is still learning the game,and acclimating to the tough competition in the Big East. In his first real start against Michigan, he played well in the first half, making a number of big plays, but then struggled in the second half, as Michigan dropped its linebackers into coverage, goading Wimsatt to throw 3 interceptions. Against MSU he eliminated the turnovers but missed opportunities.

Wimsatt is a threat to make big plays with his arm and is legs, but must get better at reading defenses and throwing more accurately. His talent is obvious, but must avoid turnovers.

Rutgers WR Corp is led by Sean Ryan, who had four catches for 54 yards and a TD vs Michigan. He’s shown the ability to defeat man coverage in recent games due to his size and tenacity, demonstrating the ability to highpoint the ball. He is complemented by

Aron Cruickshank, a 5-10 sparkplug, who has 317 receiving yards on the season. Cruickshank is also a particularly dangerous returner, and is a threat to take the ball to the house, every time he gets his hands on it. Shameen Jones is a super senior with an impressive ypc average. Shameen beat double coverage to score a TD against MSU in the waning minutes of the game. Chris Long had an impressive 48 yard reception to setup a touchdown vs Michigan.

Rutgers tight ends are led by tough, hardnosed Senior Johnny Langan, who has 21 catches for 178 yards. Matt Alaimo is the other tight end. Mike Higgins is a freshman TE who saw his first action vs MSU.

Rutgers Defense is led by DE Aaron Lewis, who has been especially productive. Wesley Bailey is the other DE. Tackles are Ifeanyi Maijeh, Mayan Ahonatu, Kyonte Hamilton, and Troy Rainey. Maijeh is especially tough against the run. Hamilton is a budding star. All will rotate extensively, to keep themselves fresh. The Defensive Line is probably the deepest, most talented unit on the team, which is why we are much improved, defensively.

LB Deion Jennings has terrific instincts and a good nose for the ball. He leads the team with 78 tackles. He did not play much, last week, and was replaced by Jamier Wright-Collins, who played well. Tyreem Powell is the other LB, and he will be a star one day.

Rutgers DBs are led by seniors Christian Izien and Avery Young, both safeties. Izien in particular, is a heavy hitter, and has been playing like a linebacker, in the box at times, and consequently has piled up stats. Max Melton will be matched up against your best receiver. The other Corner figures to be Robert Longerbeam, who played well against Michigan. Desmond Igbinosun plays safety and Avery Young is the Free Safety, with NFL potential.

As far as Special Teams go, we've got perhaps the best punter in the nation, and a new kicker. Punter Adam Korsaks penchant for pinning opponents deep, and flipping field position, will be especially valuable. Jude McAtamney is the kicker who has been solid. Returner Cruickshank is an especially adept.

Rutgers keys to the game include running the ball, stopping the run, avoiding turnovers, and rushing the passer. We are probably going to use various pressures from time to time, which could leave us susceptible to being burned.

Rutgers games with Penn State haven’t been close. But this years game should be more competitive, as long as Rutgers can refrain from turning the ball over.
Thank so much for the preview. I love your positive attitude. Here’s to a safe game with no injuries! God Bless
 

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This year, Rutgers is a solid middle of the road Big Ten program, which sports a 4-6 record overall. Rutgers plays tough defense, but offensive struggles have persisted, as the teams best RB was lost to injury, and the teams best wr left the program. Consequently, we’ve struggled against the best teams in the conference, but have generally played competitively against everyone else, save for Iowa, where we struggled with turnovers.

The Offensive Line is Huge and averages 6-5 320 lbs. Willie Tyler is a powerful Left Tackle, who excels at run blocking, and struggled earlier in the season with pass protection, but has progressively improved as the season has drawn on. Left Guard JD Direnzo was an All American at Sacred Heart University and has generally played well. Center Ireland Brown has played solidly, and has brought a certain physicality to the position we haven’t seen in a long time. Right Guard Curtis Dunlap has been up and done, and rotates with Mike Ciaffoni.

Right Tackle Hollin Pierce is particularly huge, going 6’8” 335 pounds and likely has an NFL future if he continues to get better.

Our leading rusher is out for the season with injury, so Rutgers rushing attack is spearheaded by Kyle Monangai, a small, powerful back, who is especially adept at running between the tackles, Against MSU, he rushed for 165 yards, which was a season high for any back. Al Shadee Salaam had a 28 yard TD run, which beat Boston College. Aaron Young is an impact back, especially out of the backfield, and returned from injury last game.

Quarterback Gavin Wimsatt has Superstar potential, but he is still learning the game,and acclimating to the tough competition in the Big East. In his first real start against Michigan, he played well in the first half, making a number of big plays, but then struggled in the second half, as Michigan dropped its linebackers into coverage, goading Wimsatt to throw 3 interceptions. Against MSU he eliminated the turnovers but missed opportunities.

Wimsatt is a threat to make big plays with his arm and is legs, but must get better at reading defenses and throwing more accurately. His talent is obvious, but must avoid turnovers.

Rutgers WR Corp is led by Sean Ryan, who had four catches for 54 yards and a TD vs Michigan. He’s shown the ability to defeat man coverage in recent games due to his size and tenacity, demonstrating the ability to highpoint the ball. He is complemented by

Aron Cruickshank, a 5-10 sparkplug, who has 317 receiving yards on the season. Cruickshank is also a particularly dangerous returner, and is a threat to take the ball to the house, every time he gets his hands on it. Shameen Jones is a super senior with an impressive ypc average. Shameen beat double coverage to score a TD against MSU in the waning minutes of the game. Chris Long had an impressive 48 yard reception to setup a touchdown vs Michigan.

Rutgers tight ends are led by tough, hardnosed Senior Johnny Langan, who has 21 catches for 178 yards. Matt Alaimo is the other tight end. Mike Higgins is a freshman TE who saw his first action vs MSU.

Rutgers Defense is led by DE Aaron Lewis, who has been especially productive. Wesley Bailey is the other DE. Tackles are Ifeanyi Maijeh, Mayan Ahonatu, Kyonte Hamilton, and Troy Rainey. Maijeh is especially tough against the run. Hamilton is a budding star. All will rotate extensively, to keep themselves fresh. The Defensive Line is probably the deepest, most talented unit on the team, which is why we are much improved, defensively.

LB Deion Jennings has terrific instincts and a good nose for the ball. He leads the team with 78 tackles. He did not play much, last week, and was replaced by Jamier Wright-Collins, who played well. Tyreem Powell is the other LB, and he will be a star one day.

Rutgers DBs are led by seniors Christian Izien and Avery Young, both safeties. Izien in particular, is a heavy hitter, and has been playing like a linebacker, in the box at times, and consequently has piled up stats. Max Melton will be matched up against your best receiver. The other Corner figures to be Robert Longerbeam, who played well against Michigan. Desmond Igbinosun plays safety and Avery Young is the Free Safety, with NFL potential.

As far as Special Teams go, we've got perhaps the best punter in the nation, and a new kicker. Punter Adam Korsaks penchant for pinning opponents deep, and flipping field position, will be especially valuable. Jude McAtamney is the kicker who has been solid. Returner Cruickshank is an especially adept.

Rutgers keys to the game include running the ball, stopping the run, avoiding turnovers, and rushing the passer. We are probably going to use various pressures from time to time, which could leave us susceptible to being burned.

Rutgers games with Penn State haven’t been close. But this years game should be more competitive, as long as Rutgers can refrain from turning the ball over.
This game actually has me a little concerned. Schiano is a good defensive coach. My guess is he will stack the box and force Clifford to throw. Hopefully our receivers will be able to create some space.

I am pretty confident in our defense, especially with Jacobs back. The Rutgers QB is talented but probably has not faced the pressure he will see Saturday.

We need to get up on them quickly, and not let them stay close.
 
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we have people who are faithful to psu basketball, which once went to a final 4 before many of our parents were born
Our BB fans don't have Al's enthusiasm. Al often thinks this is Rutgers' year. PSU basketball fans aren't like that.
 

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The Rutgers offense is good, just can't really run or throw the ball well hence they have trouble scoring. The good news is the defense is solid with a porous secondary, slow linebackers and a weak defensive line thus allowing a lot of points. The kicker is money, a quarter of the time and the punter has lots of opportunities. All in all, Rutgers is a fundamentally solid team that is improving. Prediction: PSU will win a hard fought, closely contested game.....42- 7.
i hope you're right, but PSU has a history of making teams like Rutgers into b1g title contenders
 

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This game actually has me a little concerned. Schiano is a good defensive coach. My guess is he will stack the box and force Clifford to throw. Hopefully our receivers will be able to create some space.

I am pretty confident in our defense, especially with Jacobs back. The Rutgers QB is talented but probably has not faced the pressure he will see Saturday.

We need to get up on them quickly, and not let them stay close.
i watched a replay of rutgers vs michigan state....rutgers D left the middle of the field open for most of the day. It should be a good day for our tight ends....but likely we won't throw to them