2013 Success For Rutgers Scarlet Knights Is All Defense

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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights were a very powerful team on one side of the ball in particular last season while going 9-4. The team’s defense finished fourth in the nation, giving up just 14 points per game and for a team that couldn’t score in bunches, the defense must keep doing those same things in 2013 or it could be a long season.

Rutgers managed to average just over 21 points per game in 2012 but after starting the season 7-0, the Scarlet Knights lost their last three games of the season. It’s not like the team was giving up tons of points but when you can’t score, giving up over 21 points is a hill that can’t be climbed. Rutgers is going to need that same defensive ability to show through yet again in 2013 if the offense can’t come around. The team had two receivers with 43 catches this past year but I really think the key to fixing the offense will be replacing running back Jawan Jamison.

Jamison did rush for 1,075 yards but only had four touchdowns and was hurt the last third of the season. Rutgers is going to need someone to come up with similar numbers on the ground because having the defense off the field as much as possible to rest even with their talent is only going to help Rutgers become a team that could win the Big East Conference in 2013. The climb isn’t much higher to get back to the top for Rutgers, it is only a few steps away.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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