Shoes to fill: Rutgers

March, 23, 2012
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We continue our spring series looking at some of the key positions that have to be filled for each team across the league.

Up today: Rutgers.

OUT: Mohamed Sanu. Anybody who watched Rutgers last season knows how valuable Sanu was to his team a year ago. It felt as if he made every single critical catch for the Scarlet Knights. He was the go-to receiver to get a first down, or to make a big play and that showed as he set a school and Big East record with 115 receptions. Nobody else on his team even came close to him. It was refreshing to see such terrific play out of him, after his injury-plagued 2010 -- which also featured him playing out of position. Sanu was the most reliable receiver for Rutgers -- and in the Big East a year ago. That is what the Scarlet Knights will absolutely miss most of all.

IN: Brandon Coleman. Sanu was the only consistent player in the receiving corps last year. Mark Harrison struggled through some drops. Coleman never really emerged after a terrific spring. In fact, at this time one year ago, it was Coleman who received so many of the headlines. Now it is his time to put everything together, as he is penciled in to take Sanu's starting spot. He has terrific size at 6-foot-6 and 220 pounds to create some major matchup problems. And the good news is he showed plenty of capability, particularly in his six-catch, 223-yard game against UConn. But he has to show up every week, and he has to earn the starting job this spring.

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