We're in the meaty part of fall camp and the first scrimmage has come and gone. At this point, we can get a better idea of who is progressing and who is getting left behind. In what I believe to be a very good sign, no starters have been replaced from the time when the first two-deep was released in the spring up until now. To me, that shows that there are few problem areas that need fixing, and more time can be dedicated to coaching up the talent and installing more of the offense and defense.
The three star skill players are still on track for a successful season, although Savon Huggins did not instill much confidence after only rushing for 11 yards. Gary Nova continues to make great strides at QB, keeping true to his word of becoming a better leader through his play on the field. Brandon Coleman still won't go this weekend in the second scrimmage, but all signs point to the star wideout being feeling 100% heading into Fresno State on August 29.
To be completely honest, I did not believe that Jeremy Deering would stick at FS. After moving positions so frequently as the "jack-of-all-trades" of the team, I thought it would be very difficult for Deering to find a home as a starting defensive back. While it's still too early to say for sure, it's starting to look like my initial analysis is incorrect. Jeremy is holding serve on his starting spot, and Coach Flood has nothing but good things to say whenever a question is posed regarding the safety position battle. In other defensive back news, Lewis Toler is gaining more and more steam as a starting CB. Corner is looking less and less like a liability for the defense, as Ian Thomas is proving to be very capable at CB as well. With Gareef Glashen, Lew Toler, and Ian Thomas showing great promise, it's possible RU could field another rotating corner system similar to the one used in 2011 and 2012.
As an aside, Tom Luicci of the Star-Ledger was able to get an inside scoop on who are the fastest players on the team:
Good conversation with some Rutgers players about the fastest guys (football speed) on the team. Grant, Deering, Tejay, Carroo, Shuler.
Good conversation with some Rutgers players about the fastest guys (football speed) on the team. Grant, Deering, Tejay, Carroo, Shuler.— Tom Luicci (@TomLuicci) August 11, 2013