News:Jawan Jamison announced that he would forgo the final two seasons of his college eligibility and enter the NFL draft, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis:Jawan Jamison struggled with an ankle injury in the second half of the season, but still had 1075 yards and opened the season with five straight 100-yard games. At 5-8, 200 lbs, he does not have prototypical NFL size, but he is a shifty runner who could garner some interest.
News:Jawan Jamison had 13 carries for 24 yards Friday against Virginia Tech in the Russell Athletic Bowl. He hurt his ankle again in the second half.
Analysis:Jawan Jamison was out of his uniform and on crutches along the sidelines. Injuries curtailed what started off as a great season for the sophomore. He opened with six 100-yard games in his first seven games, but had just 299 yards in his last six games.
News:Jawan Jamison had 15 carries for 50 yards Thursday against Louisville.
Analysis:Jawan Jamison was held to 13 carries for 51 yards in his two previous games. He had a sprained ankle and took a backseat to Savon Huggins. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the game was that Louisville was able to bottle up the Rutgers running attack.
Rutgers' Jamison (Ankle) Given Clean Bill of Health
News:Jawan Jamison (ankle) was given the go-ahead to be the workhorse for the Rutgers offense, the Star-Ledger reports.
Analysis:Jawan Jamison had just 13 carries in his previous two games, but he should be ready to roll on Thursday against Louisville. The junior had 11 carries for 32 yards against the Cardinals in 2011, but Louisville's run defense has been porous of late.
News:Jawan Jamison had 14 yards on nine carries Saturday against Pittsburgh.
Analysis:Jawan Jamison was limited against Cincinnati a week ago with an ankle injury, but it was the Pitt defense that stopped Rutgers in general on Saturday. Jamison did eek past the 1000-yard mark and now has 1004 yards on the season.
News:Jawan Jamison (ankle) was held to four carries for 37 yards as Savon Huggins took over Saturday against Cincinnati.
Analysis:Jawan Jamison was considered probable heading into the game, but gave way to Huggins and his 41 carries. The ankle injury limited Jamison, but he will likely pass the 1000-yard mark next week against Pitt, since he only needs 10 yards.
News:Jawan Jamison (foot) will play against Cincinnati on Saturday, ESPN reports.
Analysis:Jawan Jamison is a good player who gets a big workload most days, but he doesn't get much help from his supporting cast and the Cincinnati defense is tough. Jamison doesn't look like a high-upside play Saturday.
News:Jawan Jamison (foot) now has a 75 percent chance to play in Saturday's game against Cincinnati according to head coach Kyle Flood, the Star-Ledger reports.
Analysis: That's better than the 50-50 odds given earlier in the week, but this will still be a game-time decision. If Jawan Jamison doesn't play, look for Savon Huggins to get the start at halfback.
Rutgers' Jamison (Ankle) Questionable Against Bearcats
News:Jawan Jamison (ankle) is 50-50 to play against Cincinnati on Saturday, the Star-Ledger reports.
Analysis:Jawan Jamison suffered what was deemed as a minor ankle injury last Saturday against Army. He was able to return to the game. Last year he had 200 yards and two touchdowns against the Bearcats. If Jamison can't play, Savon Huggins will start.
News:Jawan Jamison missed a series and a half Saturday against Army, but his ankle injury is thought to be minor, the USA Today reports.
Analysis:Jawan Jamison is just 47 yards of 1000 yards and his ankle injury should not keep him from the mark. The Scarlet Knights face a tough game at Cincinnati next Saturday.
News:Jawan Jamison (foot) had to be helped off the field in the third quarter against Army on Saturday. He returned to the game and finished with 22 carries for 90 yards. He added a 16-yard pass for a touchdown to Brandon Coleman.
Analysis:Jawan Jamison has now eclipsed his sophomore total and has 953 yards in the season. The foot injury looked very serious when it happened, but the junior bounced back quickly and returned to the game.
News:Jawan Jamison has 863 yards and hopes to become the first Scarlet Knight to run for 1000 yards since Ray Rice in 2007, the Star-Ledger reports.
Analysis:Jawan Jamison has run for 100 yards six times this season and is coming off the bye. Rutgers plays Army on Saturday as the Knights hope to bounce back from their first loss of the season against Kent State.
News:Jawan Jamison had 15 carries for 84 yards and a touchdown along with eight receptions for 88 yards on Saturday against Kent State.
Analysis:Jawan Jamison was held under 100 yards rushing for just the second time this season because the Scarlet Knights had to go pass heavy to try to come back. The 5-8 junior has scored in six of eight games.
News:Jawan Jamison had 19 rushes for 114 yards on Saturday against Temple. He added five receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown.
Analysis: The Temple defense has been fairly staunch against the run, by Jawan Jamison was able to start a new 100-yard streak after being held to 64 yards against Syracuse a week ago. Jamison now has 779 yards on the season.
Rutgers Jamison Held Under 100 Yards for the First Time
News:Jawan Jamison had 28 carries for 64 yards and a touchdown on Saturday against Syracuse. He added two receptions for 16 yards.
Analysis:Jawan Jamison had topped 100 yards in the first five games and in six straight dating back to 2011. That streak is now over. The running back did score for the third time this season. He is still an every-week starter.
News:Jawan Jamison has allowed his running lanes to develop more as a junior, the Star Ledger reports.
Analysis:Jawan Jamison is on pace to become the first Scarlet Knight running back to rush for more than 1000 yards since 1975. He has at least 100 yards in every game this season. Jamison had just 48 yards on 24 carries against Syracuse in 2011.
News:Jawan Jamison had 28 carries for 110 yards in the win on Saturday over Connecticut.
Analysis:Jawan Jamison has had at least 100 yards in every game this season and has a six-game streak stretching back to 2011. The 5-8 junior has only scored two touchdowns (plus another on a reception), but he is the Big East's best yardage running back.
News:Jawan Jamison took advantage of the bye week to recover from his heavy load in the two previous games, the Star Ledger reports.
Analysis:Jawan Jamison should get the ball a lot on Saturday against Connecticut, but his carries could be slightly diminished with the return of Savon Huggins. Jamison was limited to five carries and 19 yards against Connecticut (this Saturday's opponent) last year, but did score a touchdown.
News:Jawan Jamison has combined for 74 carries in the last two games, but may give up some carries on Saturday against Connecticut because Savon Huggins should return to the lineup, the USA Today reports.
Analysis:Jawan Jamison has proved his worth in the games against South Florida and Arkansas, but he only averaged 3.7 yards per carry. He will be able to be fresher and more efficient with Huggins taking some carries. Jamison should be started in almost every league, even though the Husky defense is fairly staunch against the run.
News:Jawan Jamison was added the Maxwell Award watch list, the Star-Ledger reports.
Analysis:Jawan Jamison has hit the century mark in every game this season and the Scarlet Knights are unbeaten. Rutgers has a bye this week, but will return to play against Connecticut on October 6. The Huskies were the last team to hold Jamison under 100 yards (back in 2011).
News:Jawan Jamison had 33 carries for 118 yards as the Scarlet Knights beat Arkansas on Saturday. He added two receptions for 23 yards and a touchdown.
Analysis:Jawan Jamison is 4-for-4 on 100-yard games this season. HE has not topped 3.7 yards per carry over the last two games, but has 74 carries. As long as Savon Huggins is out, Jamison should continue to see a lot of carries and continue to pound out yards.
News:Jawan Jamison will get the bulk of the carries for the Scarlet Knights on Saturday against Arkansas, the Star-Ledger reports.
Analysis: Savon Huggins will once again sit out. Jawan Jamison had 41 carries last Thursday against South Florida, so he had nine days to rest. Coach Kyle Flood is looking for someone to give Jamison a breather, but he may lean on his junior heavily.
Rutgers' Jamison Runs for 100 Yards for the Fourth Straight Game
News:Jawan Jamison had a school-record 41 carries for 151 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown run that sealed the Thursday game against South Florida.
Analysis: The Bull defense bottled Jawan Jamison up for the most part, but he had a beautiful spin move in the fourth quarter to break away from the South Florida defenders and score. Jamison has now rushed for at least 100 yards in four straight games, dating back to last year. With Savon Huggins out, the junior is going to get the ball a lot. Feel free to put him in your starting lineup.
News:Jawan Jamison had 110 yards on ten carries as the Scarlet Knights beat Howard on Saturday. He added a reception for 25 yards.
Analysis:Jawan Jamison broke a 64-yard run in the first quarter, but Savon Huggins was given the one-yard dive for a touchdown. The junior has opened his season with a pair of 100-yard games and is looking like one of the better runners in the Big East.
News:Jawan Jamison had 112 yards on 18 carries with a touchdown in Rutgers' win over Tulane on Saturday. He added two receptions for 41 yards.
Analysis:Jawan Jamison opened the game's scoring with a 46-yard run to pay dirt, and also had a 34-yard reception. He clearly staked his claim to the top running back spot over Savon Huggins in the opener. Rutgers returns home next Saturday against Howard, so Jamison should be a good play again in Week 2.
Rutgers Jawan Jamison Aims for Four Yards per Carry
News:Jawan Jamison has set his goal to get four yards per carry, according to The Star-Ledger.
Analysis: The Scarlet Knights only averaged 2.8 yards per carry as a team, even though Jawan Jamison averaged 3.9. The third-year sophomore had to overcome some early conditioning issues in 2011 and has some big games down the stretch (including a 200-yard game against Cincinnati). Jamison may cede some carries to Savon Huggins, but should be the lead back for Rutgers. Huggins also said that he has improved his pass-catching abilities, so he might be a threat out of the backfield.
News: Rutgers running back Jawan Jamison had a career day in the Scarlet Knights' 20-3 win over Cincinnati, rushing for 200 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries. The yards and attempts are both career highs for Jamison.
Analysis: Rutgers struggled in the passing game, which meant more chances for Jamison, and he took advantage of them.
News: Two bits of news came from Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano on Monday morning. Quarterback Chas Dodd will get the start on Saturday against Army, replacing freshman Gary Nova. And running back Savon Huggins is out for the rest of the regular season with a knee injury. He could be back for the bowl game.
Analysis: Nova had issues with decision-making the last three games, so the switch back to Dodd isn't a surprise at this point. And the loss of Huggins means more work for Jawan Jamison and Jeremy Deering.
News: Rutgers running back Jawan Jamison rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries in the Scarlet Knights' 41-31 loss to West Virginia. Jamison left the game for a short period in the third quarter with an ankle injury but returned and ran well.
Analysis: With the inclement weather Rutgers seemed less willing to go to Savon Huggins, who has put the ball on the ground in games this season. That worked out well for Jamison, who looks to be entrenched as the feature back.
News: Rutgers running back Jawan Jamison was helped off the field following a rushing attempt in the third quarter. Jamison has 84 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries to this point in the game. Freshman Savon Huggins took over in his place for the time being but Jamison has returned to the game.
Analysis: Huggins didn't see much of the field in the first half with Rutgers calling on Jamison and Jeremy Deering in most instances. Did the bad weather and Huggins' fumbling issues have something to do with that? It's possible.
News: Rutgers running back Jawan Jamison put together another solid showing against Navy, rushing for 101 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in the 21-20 win. What may have helped him reps-wise was a first half fumble in the red zone by Savon Huggins, as the freshman finished with just five carries.
Analysis: Huggins has lost three fumbles this season, and coaches tend to shy away from fumblers. Jamison has been better at ball security and he's been more productive as well.
News: Rutgers has had its fair share of issues on offense in recent weeks, but that didn't stop running back Jawan Jamison from stating that the rushing attack is about to break out. Jamison is averaging a team-best 75.5 yards per game, but as a team Rutgers is 117th nationally in rushing offense.
Analysis: The problems are plenty: issues at quarterback, the offensive line has needed restructuring on multiple occasions and lack of consistency from the running back position. But they'll need to get going in order to beat Pitt on Saturday.
News: In the aftermath of Rutgers' 38-26 win over Ohio on Saturday, head coach Greg Schiano stated that the three-player platoon at running back will continue. Jawan Jamison had the hot hand on Saturday and was rewarded as he went for 97 yards on 29 carries.
Analysis: Freshman Savon Huggins fumbled twice in the first quarter, which limited his reps. There's also the experienced Jeremy Deering to account for, and fullback Joe Martinek even received a couple carries. This all makes it tough to see one of these backs as a viable fantasy option.
News: Rutgers was hoping to find a way to spark their run game during their bye week, with the primary focus being running back Savon Huggins. But it was actually Jawan Jamison who performed well against Ohio, rushing for 97 yards on 29 carries.
Analysis: Head coach Greg Schiano said that he stuck with Jamison because he had the hot hand, and that seems to be the strategy for the foreseeable future. That could make picking up Jamison, Huggins or Jeremy Deering a tough thing to do until one sets himself apart from the competition.
News: Rutgers running backs Savon Huggins and Jawan Jamison will continue to split carries, this despite Jamison's big game (97 yards) and two fumbles by the freshman Huggins.
Analysis: Huggins has shown serious flashes of future greatness, thus it makes sense for coach Greg Schiano to ride out the young lad's fumble issues.
News: According to Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano running back De'Antwan Williams has decided to transfer. Williams was reported displeased with the changes in the depth chart that saw him go from opening night starter to third string. Rutgers has a bye this week.
Analysis: This goes hand in hand with yesterday's report that Savon Huggins would enjoy a larger role in the offense. Rutgers has depth at the position (Jawan Jamison and Jeremy Deering) but the issues up front have hampered the backs some. Huggins may be a possible play in two weeks with this news.
News: Rutgers will show off more of the new offensive system brought in by offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti against North Carolina on Saturday. Running backs Jeremy Deering and Joe Martinek (fullback), who combined for just five touches in the win over North Carolina Central, seem to be likely candidates to get more touches.
Analysis: Given the fact that offensive lineman Desmond Wynn is dealing with health issues and the Tar Heels have one of the better defensive lines around, it wouldn't be a surprise if Rutgers looked to run the ball more. How this affects the touches for Savon Huggins, De'Antwan Williams and Jawan Jamison remains to be seen however.
News: Rutgers freshman running back Savon Huggins wasn't the first back to carry the football- or the second- in Thursday's 48-0 win over North Carolina Central, but he took advantage of his opportunities. Huggins rushed for 32 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries in the win. Jawan Jamison led the Scarlet Knights with 54 yards on 17 carries.
Analysis: Also seeing action were De'Antwan Williams (he started) and Jeremy Deering. Williams rushed for 44 yards on 11 carries and Deering rushed for nine yards on two carries. The Scarlet Knights are deep at running back, which makes it tough to rely on just one of them as a feature fantasy back.
News: Rutgers released their depth chart ahead of the season opener against North Carolina Central today, and will go with co-starters at running back. Freshman Savon Huggins and De'Antwan Williams are listed as co-starters at the position.
Analysis: With the injury issues for Jawan Jamison (hamstring) and Jeremy Deering (concussion),, combined with the play of Huggins and Williams in fall camp this comes as no surprise. But does Rutgers go with a platoon as the season wears on, or does one player set himself apart from the competition? That will be interesting to watch.
News: Rutgers running back Jeremy Deering, who has been a full go in just one practice due to a head injury, is easing his way back into action. Deering was the projected starter before fall camp.
Analysis:Savon Huggins and De'Antwan Williams have been judged by many to have the inside track on the top two spots on the depth chart, and Jawan Jamison has come on a well. Add in Deering and it could be an embarrassment of riches for Rutgers.
News: ![CDATA[The Star-Ledger reports that Rutgers junior running back De'Antwan Williams has made a serious move this camp, further muddying a tailback spot that already features Savon Huggins, Jawan Jamison and Jeremy Deering, who's currently missing time due to a concussion.
Analysis: I love Huggins, this year but especially down the road. However this crowded house backfield may eventually make the Rutgers backfield off-limits to fantasy owners.
News: Rutgers senior defensive end Manny Abreu had to be carted off the field with an injury while freshman defensive back Rashad Knight will need surgery on a broken bone in his foot (and could be out for the season). Starting cornerback Logan Ryan went down with a leg injury but it didn't look to be serious. Four other players missed their third straight day of practice, including running back Jawan Jamison and starting left guard Desmond Wynn.
Analysis: To lose Abreu, who was moved from linebacker to defensive end in hopes that he'd add a spark to the pass rush, would be a big loss if he's out for an extended period of time.