Friday, November 9, 2012
Big East: Who will transform tomorrow?
By Andrea Adelson
Here is the player I think has the best chance to transform tomorrow with a big performance in Week 11: Rutgers running back Jawan Jamison.
I am going with Jamison for a number of reasons. First, we all know that Rutgers will try as hard as it can to establish the run -- maybe even moreso against Army on Saturday. With quarterback Gary Nova coming off six interceptions against Kent State, perhaps the coaching staff will turn to the running game even more than it has to help take pressure off Nova. Hard to imagine Rutgers going more conservative, but anything is possible.
Second, being able to hold onto the ball and chew up chunks of clock will keep the nation's No. 1 rushing offense off the field. I do not anticipate a heavy number of plays being run in this game simply because of the style these two teams prefer. In their meeting last season, Rutgers only ran 53 total plays, while Army controlled the clock by 11 more minutes.
Third, Army has not exactly played well against the run this year. The Black Knights are giving up an average of 219.3 yards per game on the ground, to rank No. 111 in the nation, along with a whopping 23 rushing touchdowns. Only 10 teams have given up more touchdowns on the ground.
Consider poor rushing teams like Wake Forest (No. 107 rushing offense in the nation) and Boston College (No. 118) have had great success running the ball in their respective games against Army this year. Jamison has six 100-yard rushing games, and needs 137 yards to get to his first 1,000-yard season.
I like his chances of having a big day.