Rutgers Scarlet Knights Football Season Preview History
2011 Rutgers Football Preview:
Rutgers has experienced somewhat of a football Renaissance under head coach Greg Schiano, despite a disappointing 4-8 season last year. The Scarlet Knights are looking to toss that out, though, rebound in 2011 and return to the post season. With a slew of returning players on offense and a solid defense, there's no reason why they won't be playing in bowl game this year.
The offense will be led by sophomore quarterback Chas Dodd, who will be taking over the reins after starting eight games last year as a freshman. He will be surrounded by a pair of reliable targets in veteran receivers Mohamed Sanu and Mark Harrison, as well as the capable hands of fullback Joe Martinek. Freshman tailback Savon Huggins should also get a bulk of the carries.
As for the defense, the Scarlet Knights will have to improve if they're looking to return to their previous relevance in the Big East. Last year's squad was porous at times, even surrendering 69 points to Cincinnati. The key to the defense are linebacker Khaseem Greene and Steve Beauharnais, two of just five returning starters.
2010 Rutgers Football Preview:
In 1869, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights won the first intercollegiate football game ever played, beating Princeton University 6 to 4. In 2010, New Jersey team is looking to show that its winning ways are not a thing of the past. Over the past decade, Rutgers has continuously been building its football program, and looks to cement its spot among the nation's top teams with a run for the Big East Conference title this season.
Since 2005, the Scarlet Knights have finished every season with a winning record, and have not lost any of their four postseason games, most recently dismantling the University of Central Florida 45-28 in last year's St Petersburg Bowl.
Head coach Greg Schiano looks to continue his winning ways with some help from sophomore quarterback Tom Savage, who threw for 2,211 yards and 14 touchdowns last season. Top rusher Joe Martinek and sophomore receiver Mohamed Sanu, who scored 17 times between them in 2009, will be Savage's main targets as the Knights try to bring down their Big East rivals. The Knights open their season on September 2 at home against Norfolk State.
2009 Rutgers Football Preview:
Head Coach: Greg Schiano
Look for a strong season from the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in 2009. Rutgers Head Coach Greg Schiano has a roster full of talent that should translate to some big wins on the field. The Scarlet Knights will be one of the best teams in the Big East Conference.
2008 Rutgers Football Preview:
Head Coach: Greg Schiano
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team has recently made a break through into the ranks of the elite college football programs in the country. In 2006 head coach Greg Schiano led the team to their first bowl game win in school history and a final ranking of #12 in the nation. The Scarlet Knights followed that up with a solid 7-5 record in 2007, and will be looking improve this year, hoping for a shot at a Big East championship and more. A home game in Piscataway this season will be a rowdy affair as hopes have never been so high for the team and students will show their fevered support.