There are nothing but questions surrounding the Scarlet Knights this offseason. In particular, the new coaching staff will be under scrutiny to see how they adjust to their new roles, and the quarterback competition will be intensely watched. How both questions are answered will go a long way to determine the likelihood that the Scarlet Knights will be contenders in 2012.
--The coaching change didn't have any effect on the enthusiasm of the incoming class. No fewer than 15 of the players who signed with the Scarlet Knights in February were in attendance during the first Saturday of spring practice at the end of March.
--One interesting position to watch this spring is the offensive line. Greg Schiano tinkered with it all season in 2011, and there has already been some movement on the depth chart. Kaleb Johnson is listed as the left tackle, David Osei has moved to right guard, Betim Bujari is at left guard. A healthy Dallas Hendrikson is the starting center, and Taj Alexander is the right tackle. But look for Maryland transfer R.J. Dill to push Alexander for one tackle spot, and Antwan Lowery, Andre Civil and Devon Watkins to also mount strong challenges to move into the starting lineup.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
RB Savon Huggins -- Huggins was expected to be the savior of the program, the most heralded recruit to sign with the Scarlet Knights in recent memory. Then he struggled with injuries and saw Jawan Jamison play well in his absence. But while Jamison put up better numbers, he didn't do well enough to avoid a competition this spring, and Huggins will get every chance to win the job back before the season opener.
WR Tim Wright -- There are a lot of wideouts in the spring mix, but none with the potential of the oft-injured Wright. He's shown the ability to be a game-changer when healthy. His main problem, however, has been staying on the field. If he can do that and perform to his abilities, it will make the loss of Mohamed Sanu to the NFL easier to take.
CB Logan Ryan -- Ryan quietly emerged as one of the best defensive backs in the Big East in 2011. Now entering his junior season, he'll be a lot harder for the football experts to overlook in 2012, much less the Big East quarterbacks.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I think it's a feeling out process for all of the coaches. Even as a returning staff, we always wanted to keep an open mind when we went into spring because of the advancements a certain player can make, whether it be in the weight room or through the offseason program. You want to give them an opportunity, because there could be a player in your program that may be better than the player you were playing with. So as a returning coach, we try to keep that open-mindedness. With these guys being new, they certainly don't have the full understanding of what every guy can do. That's what spring practice is for." -- Rutgers coach Kyle Flood, on how his new staff is preparing for the spring.
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