In 2022, how will Rutgers perform?

In 2022, how will Rutgers perform? – It is difficult to predict Rutgers’ performance in Greg Schiano’s third season as head coach of the nation’s oldest collegiate football team.

The Scarlet Knights traveled to a bowl game in 2021, meeting Wake Forest in the Gator Bowl – with an asterisk: Rutgers received the invitation eight days before to the game with a 5-7 record, when Texas A&M withdrew due to COVID-19 concerns. The Demon Deacons’ 38-10 victory was not unexpected.

The majority of the team’s finest players have left, including linebacker and leader in tackles Olakunle Fatukasi, leading rusher Isiah Pacheco, and leading receiver Bo Melton.

Even though quarterback Noah Vedral, defensive back Avery Young, and punter Adam Korsak are returning veterans, the club is fairly young. Redshirt freshman quarterback Gavin Wisatt, running back Kyle Monangai, and defensive lineman Aaron Lewis all possess potential.

How well Rutgers will do in another challenging Big Ten season is unknown. Six of its seven regular-season defeats in 2021 were against bowl-bound teams.

Schiano said that he is more interested with how his staff and team tackle things on a daily level than with the squad’s performance.

“I’ve been doing this long enough to know that if you attract the appropriate people and then implement a process that improves them every single day, you will ultimately be good enough,” he added. “When that day arrives, you’ll understand.

“Everyone would prefer a timeframe,” noted Schiano, who is starting his 14th season overall at Rutgers and is 56 years old. “Give me a chronology of everything that has occurred in our society over the last two years in relation to COVID, and then another COVID epidemic.”

When Rutgers faces Boston College on September 3, the answers will begin to emerge.

Sean Gleeson, the offensive coordinator, employs several settings and looks. He may also use numerous quarterbacks. Vedral, who transferred in as a graduate student in 2020, is seeking the starting position for the third year. Wimsatt, one of the most highly regarded quarterbacks recruited by Rutgers, is competing with fellow sophomore Evan Simon for playing time. Rutgers will play many candidates if no one wins the position.

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Schiano hired Joe Harasymiak from Minnesota to serve as his defensive coordinator, adding another another New Jersey native to the state school. Prior to his time with the Golden Gophers, he was the head coach at Maine for three seasons.

Third in the country in overall defense (278.8 yards per game) and sixth in scoring defense was Minnesota (17.3 points per game).

In Robb Smith’s second season as head coach, Rutgers allowed an average of 26.6 points. The defense will use the same aggressive strategy as Schiano.

Several outlets selected Korsak as a preseason All-American, and he had a tremendous 2021 year. The Australian punter averaged 45.25 net yards per punt and placed 38 inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.

In 2022, how will Rutgers perform
In 2022, how will Rutgers perform

 

Schiano has always emphasized the importance of special teams, and his returners Aron Cruickshank and Joshua Youngblood are exceptional. Guy Fava, Jude McAtamney (Ireland), and Jai Patel (India) are vying for the kicking position.

ESPN recognized Rutgers’ No. 26 recruiting class in 2022 as their highest-rated class since entering the Big Ten. The class contains the top prospects from New Jersey (offensive lineman Jacob Allen) and New York (defensive end Tremaine Edmunds) (linebacker Moses Walker). The offensive line had thirteen signees, the most of any position group.

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Seven opponents on Rutgers’ 12-game schedule participated in bowl games last year, including the last five opponents: Minnesota, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, and Maryland. The Scarlet Knights will meet Iowa and Ohio State in earlier contests. The season’s first opponent, Boston College, was forced to withdraw from the Military Bowl because to COVID-19 concerns.

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