Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Rutgers Scarlet Knight season with what you need to know.
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players | Key Players, Games, Stats
– What Will Happen, Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Rutgers Previews 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015
2018 Record: 1-11 overall, 0-9 in Big Ten
Head Coach: Chris Ash, 4th year, 7-29
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE RUTGERS OFFENSE
– The offense that finished 127th in the nation and dead last in scoring – averaging 266 yards and 13.5 points per game – actually has a reason to hope for a big improvement. Offensive coordinator John McNulty can get a ground game going, and he’s got a whole lot of experience to play around with.
– The Scarlet Knight have the running backs. Junior Raheem Blackshear is a do-it-all speedster who can make big things happen with a little bit of room, and Isaih Pacheco averaged close to five yards per carry with 551 yards and three scores.
Blackshear is the better of the two, but they’ll both see plenty of work behind an O line that loses LT Tariq Cole and gets everyone else back. It’s not a massive group, but it’s experienced and it did a great job of keeping defenses out of the backfield allowing just 16 sacks.
– Can Artur Sitkowski grow into a real, live Big Ten quarterback? He sputtered and struggled as a freshman – throwing four touchdown passes and 18 picks – but he had a good offseason and has the job all but locked down … maybe. The addition of former Texas Tech Red Raider McLane Carter might might this interesting.
– Blackshear was the leading receiver, and he’ll be a key check-down part of the passing game again, but the receiving corps needs more out of Bo Melton. He has to play up to his upside and prep hype after catching 28 passes and not doing much of anything explosive, and a slew of big young targets – particularly 6-3 sophomore Daevon Robinson – have to rise up. McNulty is a terrific tight end coach – he’ll get production out of former star quarterback recruit Johnathan Lewis.