I don’t think we need to go too far into detail breaking the grades down. It was a poor performance by most accounts. The Huskies were held scoreless for the first time since being shutout at Louisville in 2010, also the last time they won consecutive games.
The Huskies bowl season hopes don’t look so good today. Are these guys going to qualify for a bowl game? Tell you what, the Huskies better not lose to Temple Saturday. That would be a bad scene. The knives will come out. They’re already sharpening.
It gave up a touchdown. It couldn’t get off the field on a couple of long drives but what good would it have done if it did? The offense was as ineffective as its ever been.
Line: Rutgers running back Jawan Jamison (28×110) had a decent day and worked hard for all but 28 of his yards which came in the midst of the Scarlet Knights’ only scoring drive, which was 84 yards long. Gary Nova (18 of 27, 157 yards, 1 TD) didn’t have a great game but he wasn’t pressured as much as he should have been. He was sacked once, one of eight tackles for Ryan Wirth who continues to play well. B
Linebacker: The starterscombined for 28 of the Huskies 81 tackles. Jory Johnson led the team with 10. The group was active and solid. B
Cornerback: Uneven play here but Rutgers receivers really were a challenge: B minus
Safety: OK, here, too B
Lyle McCombs had 32 yards rushing. Chandler Whitmer had 191 yards, 18 incompletions and four interceptions? Overall baffled by some of the weapons that are not being used to the fullest or at all.
Line: McCombs had 32 yards rushing D
Quarterback: Whitmer had 191 yards, threw 18 incompletions and four interceptions? That’s 10 picks for the year vs. four touchdown passes. Whitmer missed some guys he had open and he wasn’t pressured. He’s a fighter and it’s admirable that he tries as hard as he does but this was not his finest hour and it needed be at the times it could have been, weren’t many open windows but there were some. He has to better when they’re slim. The offense didn’t score, as part of the deal, that responsibility falls on the QB, fair or unfair. Whitmer knows that. D
Running back: Loved how tough Max DeLorenzo ran. Loved how Martin Hyppolite tried. McCombs ran well on the drive that produced the field goal. Overall, 74 yards rushing on offense for the Huskies is simply not going to cut it. It’s rotation time in the backfield, too. D
Wide receivers: Geremy Davis (4×78) was solid again. Mike Smith (3×52) were good, needed more opportunities. Not their fault they didn’t get them. B
Tight end: Ryan Griffin (3×31) and John Delahunt are proving to be reliable receivers as well as blockers. The seam stuff works great but how about some shorter, low risk stuff to these guys early, especially on first down to gain move the ball and give the offense some confidence from an opening drive? Nothing wrong with dinking and dunking your way to a TD; makes the defense tired, too.I’m not a coach. I do think the tight ends are playing well, though B
P Cole Wagner was special, three boots inside the 20 including one downed at the Rutgers 1. You know, for as much time as the Huskies spend on special teams they should be more productive as a receiving unit and defensive unit. The Nick Williams drop resulted in just three points but it was a drop and fumble, the first of his career. Don’t expect this to be an issue. The issue is giving the guy room to do his thing. The Huskies need this this year, need it now. C