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As one of the many members of the secondary with an increased role this year, sophomore safety Andre Hunt expects Army to bring a unique attack with the triple option. Rutgers takes on a Black Knights scheme that ranks ninth in the nation in rush offense 253.3 yards per game.
Junior strongside linebacker Quentin Gause (right) leads the Knights and stands fifth in the Big Ten Conference with 12 tackles for loss in 2015. Gause is on the hunt for a 100-tackle season, posting 81 total tackles through 10 games.
Junior center Derrick Nelson is questionable with an upper body injury for Saturday’s away game at Army after colliding with sophomore left guard Dorian Miller late in the fourth quarter against Nebraska last weekend. He was released from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and walked out under his own power Saturday night, according to a news release from the program.
Junior Chris Muller may have to slide over from his position at right guard to center if Derrick Nelson is medically unable to play for Rutgers on Saturday at Army. He said he felt comfortable with the move, noting that he has taken reps at the position since training camp.
Sophomore quarterback Chris Laviano was sacked six times in the Knights'31-14 loss to Nebraska Nov. 14. Laviano has been sacked 25 times through 10 games in 2015.
Junior forward Deshawn Freeman flies up to slam a dunk in the second half of the Rutgers men's basketball team's 72-59 win over Rutgers-Newark Friday night. The junior college transfer finished the game with 13 points after sitting out the first half for violating team rules.
Junior right guard Chris Muller has been entrenched in offensive line for Rutgers, offering leadership along the line of scrimmage.
Junior Steve Longa has tallied 102 total tackles this season, equaling his total in all of 2014. Longa leads the Big Ten in total tackles (second nationally), solo tackles (fourth nationally) and tackles per game (11.3). Longa is the second Knight to record three consecutive 100 tackle seasons.
Junior free safety Anthony Cioffi headlines the most experience in a decimated defensive backfield. The Knights hope to rebound against Nebraska Saturday.
Tommy Armstrong ignited a rout for Nebraska last year, handing Rutgers a 42-24 loss in Lincoln. He takes aim at vulnerable Knights defense.
Due to a depleted defensive backfield, Andre Hunt has had to fill in various roles for Rutgers throughout the course of the season. While the Knights have struggled to defend against the pass lately, the sophomore safety said adjustments come on converted assignments.
As the offense continues to struggle, special teams has stepped up for Rutgers, namely with senior placekicker Kyle Federico. He converted all three of his field goal attempts last Saturday at Michigan.
On the heels of the two worst games of his career, sophomore quarterback Chris Laviano hopes to rebound at No. 16 Michigan.
Head coach Kyle Flood said the biggest threat from Jabrill Peppers in the Wildcat is not the pass, but the two-back run out of a one-back set. The Knights will face their second straight two-way player at Michigan on Saturday, after Wisconsin's Tanner McEvoy had a career game in the 48-10 over Rutgers last week in Madison.
Redshirt-freshman Kiy Hester said the defense needs to swarm to the ball in order to remain opportunistic. Rutgers refocuses its defense on staying disciplined for No. 16 Michigan after surrendering 48 points or more in three straight games for the first time in the program's 146-year history.
Tallying just 68 yards on 22 carries in the next three games after his 21 touches for 113 yards against Kansas on Sept. 26, sophomore running back Josh Hicks stalled out for Rutgers on offense. But Hicks showed signs of life at Wisconsin with 72 yards on 15 attempts.