True freshman Ian Strong had a promising collegiate debut in the win over Northwestern. While he only had two catches, they both were impressive and showcased his full skill set as a wide receiver.
The first catch was the tremendous touchdown catch in the corner of the end zone. Strong was able to go up and get the pass from quarterback Gavin Wimsatt while maintaining body control to get his left toe inbounds to complete the touchdown catch.
His second catch was a diving grab that showed his ability to react and utilize his athleticism in a different way.
“Ian is strong, true freshman, St. Anthony’s High School out in Long Island. I think he is really a future bright, bright prospect,” Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano said after the win. “In training camp, he didn’t miss a practice. He just worked his tail off every day, and Coach Brock has done a very good job bringing him along. Coach Brock is a seasoned veteran. He didn’t put too much on his plate at first and then just kept loading him up. I’m encouraged there.”
After a solid spring camp and standout preseason, it was great to see Strong make an instant impact for the offense on Sunday. I think what we saw from him in his debut is just scratching the surface of his full potential. It’s likely that Wimsatt and Strong will develop a stronger connection as time progresses which is an exciting possibility for the Rutgers offense.
Watch Strong’s two catches and my quick analysis on his potential as a receiver for Rutgers.
Thanks for reading the The Scarlet Faithful. For more Rutgers Athletics content from The Scarlet Faithful, follow us on Twitter and Instagram. You can also subscribe to our YouTube Channel. You can subscribe to The Scarlet Faithful podcast on Apple, Spotify, Pocket Casts and anywhere else you listen to podcasts. For advertising inquiries or to reach out directly, email at firstname.lastname@example.org