Last season, Rutgers had several issues on special teams. Entering the 2023 season, there needs strong play in all areas on special teams to put RU in position to compete for a bowl game.
One change that head coach Greg Schiano has indicated throughout training camp is that Jai Patel is in position to be the No. 1 placekicker this season. After not seeing any action as a true freshman, he is now ahead of Jude McAtamney who was 12 of 18 on field goal attempts last season. McAtamney is set to handle kickoffs. Hopefully, this will lead to more consistency inside 40 yards for Rutgers.
The greatest punter in Rutgers history is now gone in Adam Korsak. His disciple Flynn Appleby is set to replace him. While expectations needs to be held in check, Appleby’s ability to be consistently good and minimize mistakes is the key. Rutgers benefitted with field position quite a bit because of Korsak. It’s impossible to expect the same type of edge this season, but preventing a severe step back is a must.
As for returners for both kickoffs and punts, Schiano has only said several players are in the mix. Explosive plays in the return game would do wonders for the Rutgers offense.
In regard to kickoff and punt coverage, it will be interesting to watch how many veterans are in the mix and used on a regular basis.
Listen and watch to the ninth of ten positional previews regarding the wide receiver position below. Joining me for all of these positional preview episodes is football writer and Rutgers fan David Anderson.
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