Rutgers in Top 25 for First Time since 2006
After the departure of Greg Schiano as head coach, not many knew what would become of the Knights heading into the season, however, led by sophomore QB Gary Nova and junior RB Jawan Jamison, the offense has been able to put points on the board to support their very dependable defense.
Over the last few seasons, the Knights were ranked in the upper echelon of the country in points allowed, but their offense was mediocre on a good day. With the same intensity on the defensive side of the ball this season, the offense has become a complimentary piece rather than a point of concern.
After dismantling South Florida in their conference opener, Rutgers travelled to Arkansas last week in what was sure to be a tough test. It prevailed and moved to 4-0 on the year, jolting into the Top 25.
In four games, Nova has thrown for nine touchdowns and just two interceptions while Jamison has rushed for almost 500 yards (5th in CFB) and two touchdowns, averaging around 125 yards per game.
But back to Rutgers' stronger suit — the defense.
The Knights yield only 12.8 points per game to their opponents, ranking 14th in the nation. They have six interceptions on the season, tied for fourth in the nation. 21 pass deflections ranks them at 10th in the nation.
Aggressive, never-quit defense has long been Rutgers' mantra. Keep Choppin'.
RU RAH RAH.