Rutgers Scarlet Knights hold first scrimmage

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Highly-touted recruit Huggins doesn’t disappoint

Take a second and think about this scenario.  As a senior in high school, just off an ultra-successful senior football campaign, you have scholarship offers from virtually every major program in the country being that your a Top 5 national running back.  Schools like University of Southern California, University of Florida, and University of North Carolina, just to name a few, are vying for your services, enticing you with promises of playing as a true freshman and being part of a program that annually challenges for a national championship.  Not only that, you can put yourself in a position to be the next in a line of countless first round NFL draft picks.  Instead, you choose to stay home and play for your home state school, where they have never reached a BCS bowl, never mind even sniffed a national championship, and you can count the number of 1st round NFL Draft picks on one hand.  Oh, and because your the highest ranked skill position player IN HISTORY to sign with the school, your expected to start from day 1, attract other high profile recruits, and essentially be the savior to turn the program around.

Sound stressful?  To Savon Huggins, that pressure doesn’t even make him flinch.  This was evidenced by his performance in the Scarlet Knights first scrimmage when all he did was rush for 169 yards on 26 carries with 1 touchdown.  He also had the perhaps the play of the day, when he broke off a 52-yard touchdown run against the first team defense.  Huggins showed an ability to hit it up in between the tackles as well as bounce it to the outside in a manner that hasn’t been seen on the banks since the days of Ray Rice.  While he is technically listed as the backup to Jeremy Deering on the depth chart, make no mistake about it, this is Huggin’s team, true freshman or not.  And if his performance in the scrimmage is any indication, I don’t think anyone will have a problem with that.



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