Jamison hurt his ankle in the second half in the team’s win over Army, and although the team’s leading rusher did return late in the fourth quarter, the workhorse back is still favoring the ankle.
One of the biggest reasons for the 8-1 Scarlet Knights success has been the work of Jamison who is a candidate for Big East player of the year–even if Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater may have a stranglehold on the award–has 953 yards on the ground and leads the conference in touches.
If Jamison is unable to suit up vs. the 7-2 Cincinnati Bearcats, then Savon Huggins will be the featured back against a defense that is giving up fewer than 19 points per game.
Huggins, a sophomore from Jackson, Nj has 165 yards on 52 carries and two touchdowns while seeing spot duty in seven games this season.
With only three career receptions in two years, Huggins is not much of a receiving threat out of the backfield and has yet to carry the football more than 12 times in any game this season.
If Jamison is out for this game, then quarterback Gary Nova will need to be extra sharp as passing opportunities may be featured more in the game plan.
However, Nova has thrown 7 interceptions in the last two games after throwing just three in the first seven games of the season.
Rutgers will need Nova to revert to his early-season form to pull off the road win at a very good Cincinnati team without their star tailback.
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