It was thought before the season that Rutgers' 2011 season would depend on how much the offense improved from a year in which they were last in nearly every offensive category. That actually turned out to not be the case. The Scarlet Knights finished the season on a roll, winning four of their last five, including a bowl victory over Iowa State, while struggling for much of the year on the offensive side of the football. Many different circumstances contributed to their struggles, such as injuries, transfers and inconsistent play, but they managed to get a solid nine wins on the year.
Biggest Surprise: Jawan Jamison, Sophomore Running Back
Coming into the year, all the hype was surrounding stud freshman running back Savon Huggins. While Huggins is sure to have a fantastic career for the Scarlet Knights, Jamison was the main man this season, rushing for over 760 yards and a huge performance in the Pinstripe Bowl. Jamison is more of a scat-back type that should be productive in the future as a compliment to Huggins. He's the future.
Biggest Disappointment: Savon Huggins, Freshman Running Back
Most thought for sure that Savon Huggins would be one of the top impact freshmen in the nation. He was coming into a perfect situation where there were not a lot of talented backs that he would be competing against, making it almost a sure thing that he would take the reins at some point. Well, that did not happen. Huggins failed to rush for more than 42 yards in a single game and missed the last four games because of injuries.
Hopefully Savon Huggins comes back fully healthy and ready to go. That should make for a dynamic tandem with him and Jawan Jamison.
At QB, both Chas Dodd and Gary Nova return, but they will be without top target Mohamed Sanu, as he declared early for the NFL draft. That opens the door for sophomore Brandon Coleman, who ended the season on a tear, with over half of his total receiving yards coming in the final two games. The 6’6” wideout could make a huge jump next year in production.
Mike Bainbridge is a contributor to CollegeFootballGeek.com, the nation's premier source for college fantasy football.