September 23, 2007

Early Season Report Card: Offense

The Rutgers offense seems to look sharper every week. Three game into the season, they find themselves averaging almost 50 points per game. Here is a breakdown of how each position has fared during the first quarter of the season.

Mike Teel has been outstanding through the first three games. He picked up right where he left off at the end of last season - hitting targets and making plays. Teel has also emerged as one the team's new leaders and has been a major key to the Scarlet Knight's quick start. Teel's accuracy and ability to find the open receivers has also allowed the ground game to be that much more prolific. Backup Jabu Lovelace has come in and led the second unit to scores during clean up duty at the end of each early season blowout. Lovelace has shown the ability to be a capable backup.
Grade: A

Running Back
Ray Rice looks even better than he did last season. He is among the nation's leading rushers and even carried the ball an impressive 37 times against Navy. Rice has been a menace to defenses early on and his success has opened up the passing game as well. Kordell Young was a formidable backup until his unfortunate injury sidelined him for the season. Mason Robinson has shown that he could be capable of filling Young's shoes and talented freshman should improve as the season progresses. Fullback Jack Corcoran has done a decent job of blocking for Rice. He has been steadily sticking his nose in the action and clearing the way for his Heisman Trophy candidate.
Grade: A

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