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Saturday's game against Morgan State offered the Rutgers football team its best opportunity to test its depth and get its young players on the field for their first extended collegiate experience.Without question, the star of the first-year players was quarterback Johnathan Lewis, who set a Rutgers quarterback record with 4 rushing touchdowns while also throwing a touchdown on his first snap of the game."I guess I did good," Lewis said.That is one way of putting it, as he accounted for 3 touchdowns on his first 5 plays of the game.
It was a game of excess for the Rutgers football team.It was also a game of firsts, as scores of Scarlet Knights collected their first career or season touchdowns Saturday afternoon. Rutgers (1-2) picked up its first win of the season against Morgan State (0-3) Saturday in a 65-0 affair at High Point Solutions Stadium.
Seeking some positivity following a loss to Eastern Michigan last week, the Rutgers football team blew out an overmatched Morgan State team to the tune of XX-XX.There was obviously a lot more good than bad in this one, so there will be a higher number of players that raised their stock.Stock UpThese players performed well and improved their stockHBs Robert Martin/Gus Edwards/Raheem BlackshearThe two seniors and true freshman all ran hard on Saturday, combining for XXX rushing yards and X touchdowns.
To put it simply, last week was not pretty.Staying behind or drawn with a Mid-American Conference (MAC) team like Eastern Michigan for virtually the entire game — save six minutes in the third quarter — is not a good or even serviceable look for a team from the Big Ten.As expressed throughout the week time and time again, no team wants to be on the receiving end of an early-season upset, especially if that team has had trouble knocking doubters from within its own fanbase for quite some time.That would be the Rutgers football team.As the Scarlet Knights (0-2) get set for a Saturday afternoon (3:30 p.m.) battle against Morgan State (0-2) at High Point Solutions Stadium, few things remain abundantly clear.Chief among them is the fact that fluke or not, Rutgers needs to get better.
It's easy for the Rutgers football team to constantly replay its 16-13 loss to Eastern Michigan, as it marks one of the worst losses in recent history for the program.
It is difficult to measure a captain's value.There is an old adage that says it is hard to lead off the field if you cannot do it on the field.
Anyone who watched the train wreck that was the Rutgers offense in 2016 noticed a glaring lack of wider receivers.
Myles Nash seems to be doing it all.The fifth-year senior has slotted in both at tight end and on the defensive line through the first two games of the season, doing both in the same game against Eastern Michigan, the first time a Rutgers player has done that since 2013."Obviously just happy about the opportunity to play defense," Nash said.
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When the Rutgers offensive line took the field against Washington in the season, no one expected the unit to have a good game, considering the clout and reputation of the Huskies' defensive line.The Knights far exceeded expectations, though, as the they did not give up a sack and blocked for 131 rushing yards.At that point, it looked like offensive line coach AJ Blazek had drastically turned things around from last year, when the line struggled early and often.But the success from that first game did not continue against Eastern Michigan, as Rutgers quarterback Kyle Bolin was constantly under pressure, leading to a lackluster offensive performance and a 16-13 loss.Bolin took full responsibility for his play last Saturday, but it is clear the bad performance was not all on him."(Kyle Bolin) wants to play better," said head coach Chris Ash. "As coaches we've got to help him do that and the pieces around him have got to help him do that, too.
"You just have to learn from the film and come back to work tomorrow," Dorian Miller said. "I know the guys will be ready to do that.
On my way to the game, I trailed a car with both "Rutgers Mom" and "Howard Mom" stickers on the back.Seeing Howard's name before a fixture that had many similarities to last year's game against Howard — in both matchup and timing — seemed like a premonition. An interception and 71-yard return by Brody Hoying of Eastern Michigan sealed whatever signal that was with two and a half minutes to go in the fourth quarter.By that point, the Rutgers football team would have welcomed an outcome like that of last season.In what could possibly go down as one of the worst losses since head coach Chris Ash took over last year, the Scarlet Knights were silenced by Eastern Michigan to the tune of 16-13."Disappointed in the outcome of the game," head coach Chris Ash said.
feStock UpThese players performed well and improved their stockHB Robert MartinWith the emergence of Gus Edwards, Martin had to transition into a backup role.
The Rutgers football team chipped away at its year-to-year deficit in the Washington fixture last week, scraping off 19 points from the 2016 season opener.To begin 2017, the team fended off the Huskies for much of the first half only for the visitors at High Point Solutions Stadium to take control and put the the home side behind.The scoreline came to a halt at 30-14 in favor of Washington.
Two more final notes of importance: Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. marks the return of the Chris Ash Radio Show live from the Quaker Steak & Lube in Edison, NJ.
Of the positives to take away from its week one loss to No. 8 Washington, the Rutgers football team has its running backs.There are four of them — graduate transfer Gus Edwards, senior Robert Martin, freshman Raheem Blackshear and senior Josh Hicks — and three saw playing time in the Scarlet Knights' 30-14 defeat against the Huskies at High Point Solutions Stadium.It is a depth not afforded to most positions across the board for the Rutgers coaching staff, which has been a point of attention for head coach Chris Ash.“If you look at that position group right now today, with the addition of Gus, in my opinion the improved Rob Martin, adding Blackshear in there and then you’ve got Josh Hicks, we’ve got a pretty good group in there," Ash said.Against a backfield which offensive coordinator Jerry Kill deemed the best the Knights would face all season, Edwards, Martin and Blackshear outran Washington's running back core volume-wise.
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At first, when the Rutgers football team forced a 3-and-out against No. 8 Washington on its first possession, rumblings coursed throughout High Point Solutions Stadium.
When a unit that did not perform well loses 75 percent of its starters, one would think things could only get worse.
The Rutgers football team put together a strong performance against No. 8 Washington on Friday night,Stock UpThese players performed well and improved their stockHB Robert MartinWith the emergence of Gus Edwards, Martin had to transition into a backup role.