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Scrimmage 1 Review: Roster News & Notes

With the first camp scrimmage in the books, where does the depth chart stand now?

FB Sam Bergen
FB Sam Bergen
The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE

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:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Good conversation with some Rutgers players about the fastest guys (football speed) on the team. Grant, Deering, Tejay, Carroo, Shuler.</p>&mdash; Tom Luicci (@TomLuicci) <a href="">August 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

In addition to pure speed, Janarion Grant boasts a good looking set of grillz in his roster photo.

Some true freshmen are creeping up the depth chart, and there is also some shuffling along the backup defensive line. Flood mentioned that Devan Carter is getting some looks at FB behind backup Sam Bergen, and RB Justin Goodwin is turning heads. Goodwin fits the mold of a cut-back runner as opposed to a between the tackles type of player, which can complement Huggins and walk-on Paul James style as bruisers. True freshman DT Sebastian Joseph is also flashing some keen ability at the three-technique tackle position, while redshirt sophomore Djwany Mera is getting more time at end after spending his career at DT.

In kicking news, Kyle Federico is asserting himself as the number one PK and is poised to reclaim his starting kicking duties. Borghese is not far behind, but to be honest both kickers had a fair share of mishaps last season. Federico was only 6 of 11 for three-pointers up until the UConn injury and Borghese wasn't much better as he mustered only 5 of 8 after taking over. Both are definitely serviceable and have the ability to kick the game-winner, but as of right now consistency during the regular season is still something that Federico and Borghese need to work on.

Keep it tuned to OTB for more camp updates, and leave a comment below if you feel like I missed a key position battle that bears mentioning.