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Rutgers Football: Wide Receiver Situation Doesn't Look So Bad After All

PISCATAWAY, NJ - NOVEMBER 12:  Mohamed Sanu #6 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights breaks past Kayvon Webster #6 of the South Florida Bulls for a first quarter touchdown at Rutgers Stadium on November 12, 2009 in Piscataway, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Josh RosenbergCorrespondent IAugust 31, 2010

For once, things are starting to go right for Rutgers.

The Scarlet Knights wide receiver corps was hampered by injuries early in preseason training camp and continued to be in mid to late August.

Starting wide receiver Tim Wright was out for the season, Quron Pratt was out for a month with a shoulder injury, Mark Harrison injured his head and was day to day, and freshman slot receiver J.T. Tartacoff was injured too.

For a while, true freshman Jeremy Deering was going to have to start opposite Mohamed Sanu.

Luckily for Greg Schiano and Co., a few positives have emerged just a few days before Rutgers' season opener against Norfolk State.

Harrison, once thought to be out for at least the first few games practiced fully with the team in Rutgers' final practice.  He's now listed as the second starting wide receiver for the Norfolk State game.

"He did everything, so he's a go." Schiano said.

With the return of Harrison, Deering will fill the role as Rutgers' starting slot receiver, the ideal role for an athletic true freshman who still has much to learn.

Last season Rutgers struggled to find a player who could consistently fill that role.

Deering has proved to be consistent and able to make plays when called upon and impressed as a starter.

Now junior running back turned wide receiver Mason Robinson will be the backup to Harrison.

This will allow freshman Tartacoff, a speedy and shifty receiver with great hands to redshirt this season as well as highly touted recruits Brandon Coleman and Jawaun Wynn.

And just when the news couldn't get any better (except for Wright magically returning from a torn ACL) Pratt will return during Rutgers' bye week, one week before the North Carolina game.

This means Pratt will only miss the Norfolk State game and the Florida International game.

By the time North Carolina comes to Piscataway, Rutgers top four receivers will be Mohamed Sanu, Harrison, Pratt and Deering.

Pratt and Deering are unproven in games but this group of wideouts has the potential to be one of the best in the Big East.

That is, if they can stay healthy.

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