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Rutgers Football Week 2 Grades vs. Temple

Rutgers Football improved to 2-0 with a 36-7 victory over Temple on Saturday night.

The Scarlet Knights have done plenty of good things over the first two weeks of the season. How did it all look in Week 2? Check out the latest grades for Rutgers following this week’s victory.

Quarterbacks: B

The quarterbacks play for Rutgers has been solid through two weeks. Why? No turnovers. Gavin Wimsatt has not been putting up gaudy numbers but he has three total touchdowns and has not turned the ball over yet. Wimsatt threw just 21 times on Saturday, competing 10 passes, and showing flashes. This includes a 61-yard completion to JaQuae Jackson down the sideline. Most importantly, Wimsatt continues to look comfortable in Kirk Ciarrocca’s offense.

Running Backs: A

On Saturday, running backs accounted for 43 carries for 235 yards. Aaron Young remained sidelined while Samuel Brown was used sparingly. Once again, Kyle Monangai was the bell cow for the offense and did it well. He carried the ball 28 times for 165 yards and a touchdown. After Temple scored to begin the fourth quarter, the score was 13-7 and the Rutgers offense needed a spark. It put together a seven-play touchdown drive with six plays being handed to Monangai, including the touchdown to cap it off.

Wide Receivers: C+

This was by design but the wide receivers did not play a major role in the victory over Temple. Once again, Wimsatt only completed 10 passes overall and hit three different receivers. Jackson turned in the best performance with four catches for 95 yards. The transfer receiver is showing signs and tools needed to become a No. 1 weapon within the offense. That is something Rutgers will need moving forward. Isaiah Washington had two catches for 24 yards while Christian Dremel added two catches of his own for 19 yards.

Tight End: N/A

Johnny Langan has been a Swiss-army knife offensively for Rutgers during his career but he was not a major factor on Saturday. Langan did not record a catch or carry but played a vital role in the run game. There is a reason Langan is a captain on this team and it is his willingness to do whatever it takes to help win.

Offensive Line: C+

Rutgers saw some lineman get banged up on Saturday but the unit remained consistent and that is what has been lacking in recent years. The run game was strong and Wimsatt was sacked just one time. Temple racked up seven tackles-for-loss but the offensive line protected the quarterback and led the attack on the ground. There is not much that can be asked of them.

Front Seven: B

Rutgers is looking deep up front and we know that there is plenty of talent and experience. Mohamed Toure, Deion Jennings, and Tyreem Powell all totaled seven or more tackles. Wesley Bailey and Rene Konga are big bodies that helped stop the run and limit Temple to 68 yards on the ground. This is the Big Ten. The battle in the trenches is extremely important.

Secondary: B+

The Scarlet Knights knew that Temple was going to lean on the arm of E.J. Warner. The sophomore quarterback threw the ball 46 times. He completed just 20 passes and added two interceptions (Shaquan Loyal, Jordan Thompson). Loyal is turning into a reliable piece in the defensive backfield. Flip Dixon had a bit of a coming-out party on Saturday, finishing with seven tackles and a tackle for loss. Rutgers returned Max Melton and Robert Longerbeam at corner and are getting plenty of new faces to step up at safety.

Special Teams: A

Jai Patel was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after going 3-for-3 in his field goal attempts. He is the first kicker for Rutgers to earn this award since joining the Big Ten. This includes a 51-yarder, which was the seventh-longest in program history. Flynn Appleby punted three times and landed one inside the 20-yard line. The return game has not gotten much of a chance to showcase itself but this week is about Patel and his accomplishments.


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