Rutgers football head coach Greg Schiano announced at Big Ten Media Days on Wednesday that running back Sam Brown is healthy and will be a full participant when training camp begins on August 3. As important as it was that Schiano named Gavin Wimsatt the starting quarterback on Wednesday, this news was even bigger in my opinion.
Sam Brown made the Rutgers offense better before suffering a season ending injury last season. Once he was out, the offense sputtered. Entering this season with new offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca, Sam Brown figures to be featured heavily this fall.
With a consistent run game, pressure will be taken off of every other group. Gavin Wimsatt can focus on game management, efficiency and accuracy. He won’t have to win games with his arm. He does have to make plays, of course, but within the flow of the offense established by the run. The offensive line won’t have to be elite for Brown to be effective, only competent. The unproven wide receiving core will be put in short to mid-range passing situations more often than not.
One past issue is that the defense tends to get worn down year after year in November after being on the field far too much. If Rutgers can run with Sam Brown, they can sustain drives more often. It will help keep the defense fresher. On special teams, even in punting situations, Brown can improve field position and help limit Flynn Appleby from having to punt deep in his own territory. ()
In my opinion, Sam Brown has the potential to bring balance to the entire team this season.
Listen and watch to this episode of The Scarlet Faithful podcast below where I discuss his importance for Rutgers this fall.
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