Scarlet Knight Nation: Norfolk State Preview

By Patrick Combs @Mavericknyc1980

It’s been a week now since Rutgers had that heartbreaking loss against
Fresno State.  This week in their home opener they look to get their first win
against Norfolk State, who last week lost their game against Maine.  This is a
matchup that Rutgers matches favorably against.  Norfolk State (0-1,  0-0), whom
plays in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, is a team that is devoid of
talent.  On offense their leading passer is sophomore quarterback Malik Stokes,
who had a poor first game going 10-29 with a 104 yards and 1 touchdown.  Their
leading rusher, Rolandan Finch, had a solid game rushing for 80 on 17 carries.
Their leading receiver was Joseph Hawkins who caught 3 balls for 49 yards and 1
touchdown.

How can Rutgers beat Norfolk State on offense?

Last week Rutgers offense was cerebral.  They manhandled Fresno State’s defense
whether it was through the air or on the ground and this week should be no
different.  What Rutgers needs to do is protect quarterback Gary Nova and allow
him to continue to spread the ball around, especially to big time NFL prospect
Brandon Coleman.  On the ground they should feed the rock to sleeper running back
Paul James early and often by rushing the ball or through screen passes.

How can Rutgers beat Norfolk State on defense?

Last week the Rutgers defense without their best player, Jamil Merrell, was not ready
for Fresno State’s quick paced offense.  This week Merrill is expected back.  With
more slower paced offense, Rutgers should be able to pressure Norfolk State into
turnovers and three and outs often.

Scarlet Knights forecast

If Rutgers jumps out on Norfolk State early with their speed and talent on
offense and defense, then this game should be over pretty quickly.  But, if the
Scarlet Knights play down to their competition then it will be time for Scarlet
Knights Nation to be in panic mode.  I for one do not think Coach Flood and the
coaching staff will allow that to happen.  I think the Scarlet Knights roll and
win this one 27-3.