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A Look at the Rutgers Two-Deep Depth Chart

Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano released his two-deep depth chart yesterday, three days before the teams season opener. Rutgers opens the season Thursday night at Rutgers Stadium against Norfolk State.

Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano released his two-deep depth chart yesterday, three days before the teams season opener. Rutgers opens the season Thursday night at Rutgers Stadium against Norfolk State.

A couple interesting things stand out as I look through the chart. You can expect to see some freshman play key roles. The defense is loaded. Watch for a player to play on both sides of the ball.

Four freshman appear on the two-deep for the season opener. Wide receiver Jeremy Deering, quarterback Chas Dodd, running back Jordan Thomas, and offensive guard Betim Bujari. At least three of the four will likely see the field on Thursday night. 

Mark Harrison

WR #81, Mark Harrison

Deering had been rumored to step into a starting role with all of the wide  receiver injuries, however Mark Harrison appears ready to go for Thursday. Deering will see plenty of action at wide out and you can expect to see him run some of Rutgers wildcat packages.

Jordan Thomas seems to be a very nice compliment to starting tailback Joe Martinek. While Martinek is a power runner, Thomas will be a change of pace type back with his speed and agility.

Bujari is currently listed as the backup at left guard behind Desmond Wynn. With the offensive line still an unknown entity, it would not be surprising to see Bujari in the game often. I expect the Rutgers staff to continuosly mix and max the O-Line in the hopes of putting the puzzle together.

Of the four freshman on the two-deep, Rutgers would prefer not to use Chas Dodd. The freshman is listed as the backup quarterback, mainly be default. Rutgers is lacking depth at the quarterback position and with the injury to Steve Shimko, Dodd is really the only player left. Coach Schiano has a tough decision to make. Does he play Dodd and get him some experience behind starter Tom Savage, or does he try to redshirt his freshman signal caller.

The defense looks to be a loaded group. There are guys listed as backups that could easily be starters on a lot of Division 1 rosters. Eric LeGrand and Justin Francis are backups on the defensive line that starts Alex Silvestro, Charlie Noonan, Scott Vallone, and Jonathan Freeny.

David Rowe

CB, David Rowe

 The secondary should definitely be a strong point for Rutgers this season. David Rowe and Brandon Bing are the starters at cornerback with Marcus Cooper and Logan Ryan backing them up. Joe Lefeged and Khaseem Greene start at the safety spots with Duron Harmon and Patrick Kivlehan as the reserves.

You don’t see many players on the collegiate level playing both sides of the ball. Occassionally you will see a defensive back line up wide on offense, but even that is rare. Senior Edmond Laryea will likely pull off the feat this season for the Scarlet Knights.

Laryea, the starting fullback, is also listed as a backup at linebacker. Rutgers rarely uses a fullback, but when they do, Laryea is the guy. He has the size and because of his linebacker mentality could be a big force at fullback. He is listed as the backup to Manny Abreu at strong side linebacker.

Another player that appears to see the field often is Mason Robinson. He is listed three times on the depth chart. Robinson is a backup wide receiver as well as starting kick and punt returner. Rutgers is obviosuly trying to get Robinson on the field as much as possible. The Somerville, New Jersey native will also see some time as the third down back if Kordell Young does not play.

Here is the complete two-deep depth chart for Thursday’s season opener:


Position Starter Reserve
WR Mark Harrison Mason Robinson
LT Desmond Stapleton Devon Watkis
LG Desmond Wynn Betim Bujari
C Howard Barbieri David Osei
RG Caleb Ruch Antwan Lowery
RT Art Forst Matt McBride
WR Mohamed Sanu Jeremy Deering
TE D.C. Jefferson Evan Lampert
QB Tom Savage Chas Dodd
RB Joe Martinek Jordan Thomas
FB Edmund Laryea Paul Carrezola


Position Starter Reserve
DE Alex Silvestro Justin Francis
DT Charlie Noonan Eric LeGrand
DT Scott Vallone Michael Larrow
DE Jonathan Freeny Sore Bayoh
SLB Manny Abreu Edmund Laryea
MLB Steve Beauharnais Jim Dumont
WLB Antonio Lowery Ka’Lial Glaud
CB David Rowe Marcus Cooper
CB Brandon Bing Logan Ryan
SS Joe Lefeged Durom Harmon
FS Khaseem Greene Patrick Kivlehan


P Teddy Dellaganna
PK San San Te
KR Joe Lefeged, Mason Robinson
PR Mason Robinson

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights open the season Thursday, September 2, 7:30pm at Rutgers Stadium against Norfolk State.


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