By Matt Sugam
PISCATAWAY – As Rutgers enters the final stretch of the season, with that elusive Big East Title on the line, they may be down their starting running back and right guard against Cincinnati. Both Jawan Jamison (ankle) and Andre Civil (leg) went down against Army, and despite Jamsion returning later in the game, both player’s status remains up the air.
“Civil and Jamsion right now are probably 50-50 for the game,” head coach Kyle Flood said. “Until I see them actually do something – they didn’t do anything yesterday – until I see them do something on the field, I don’t know that I could say that it’s any better than 50-50.”
If Jamison – who has 953 yards on the season – can’t go, Savon Huggins will take his place and become the workhorse running back.
“I’m very confident that Savon would take a bulk of the carries if Jawan couldn’t go and then after that, you’d see P.J. James and then anything after that we’d have to work out this week,” Flood said, adding, “we’d have to figure out what the depth would be beyond that, but I would be very confident that Savon could take a bulk of the carries.”
Huggins hasn’t done it at all this year, he has just 311 yards on 108 carries after missing the USF and Arkansas games with injury. However, he did show flashes on Saturday when filling in for Jamison against Army.
“I really thought he did an excellent job on Saturday being a decisive runner. I’m really pleased with the way he ran the ball on Saturday,” Flood said. “And like I said, going forward, if Jawan doesn’t play this week we have all the confidence that Savon can take the bulk of the carries and do a really good job for us and be a winning player for us.”
Note: Flood said there is no update on kicker Kyle Federico (hip), who’s missed the last four games. His status for the Cincinnati game remains uncertain.