PISCATAWAY — Rutgers’ offense ranked final within the 14-team Large Ten, and 127th out of 129 FBS nationally final fall throughout a 1-11 marketing campaign.
From the quarterback maturing, to the offensive line providing higher safety, to the extensive receivers gaining extra separation, suffice to say, the offense has lots to get found out this spring, and into coaching camp.
When offensive coordinator John McNulty met with reporters on Monday morning, the one piece of the offense he did not appear too fearful about is the working backs, and with good cause.
The 2 largest big-play threats on the roster proper now are junior Raheem Blackshear and sophomore Isaih Pacheco. The duo mixed final season for 1,087 speeding yards, which accounted for nearly 71 p.c of the speeding yards for the crew. Every man had three touchdowns, every man had a handful of ‘wow’ moments, and every man is anticipated to contribute one thing vital once more this fall.
“Final yr, they have been main items of the offense, and I do not anticipate any completely different as we transfer ahead,” head coach Chris Ash mentioned on Monday following spring observe No. four of 15. “These are two of the most effective gamers on the crew, and they are going to convey lots to the desk. A little bit working again, a bit of slot, and they are going to do a bunch of issues for us offensively.”
Ash mentioning the slot was geared extra in direction of Blackshear. Whereas Pacheco is extra of a workhorse, Blackshear is extra versatile as a confirmed pass-catcher, both out of the backfield or out of the slot.
Blackshear’s receiving numbers assist to focus on Rutgers’ want for extra manufacturing from its wideouts. His 44 catches for 367 yards each led the crew final season. Rutgers threw for 5 touchdowns final season. Two of them went to Blackshear, two went to tight finish Travis Vokolek, and the fifth went to Shameen Jones, who’s the one extensive receiver of the three.
“What we have to do is get some explosive performs out of these guys,” Ash mentioned. “That is actually the subsequent step. We had some, however we want extra out of these two gamers, they usually have the flexibility to try this. What we need to see this spring is get some extra explosive performs, be a bit of extra versatile, and play a number of spots.”
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