With regional Big East bragging rights on the line, Rutgers RB Jawan Jamison won't have to handle the load entirely by himself.
For the first time all season Jawan Jamison might not have to do all the heavy lifting for the Rutgers football team.
The sophomore running back, who leads the Big East in rushing yards and carries, has averaged just over 110 yards per game, carrying the ball at least 25 times and was expected to continue his dominant workload when the Scarlet Knights lined up against Temple this afternoon.
However, on Friday afternoon Jamison found out he might be getting the smallest amount of respite in the regional-rivalry game.
Cue Savon Huggins, who, after missing two games due to a leg injury, is finally back to 100 percent and anticipates a whole lot more than the slim seven carries he recorded in last week's win over Syracuse.
The 15 Scarlet Knights have relied heavily on Jamison throughout their current season and there's no doubts in anyone's mind - players and coaches alike - that Rutgers wouldn't be 6-0 without their backfield standout.
As they prep to go up against Temple though, with only three Big East games remaining afterwards, having a secondary threat behind the line of scrimmage could be exactly what Rutgers needs to push them over the edge of success.
"We have somebody else that we have a lot of confidence and can make plays for us running the football," Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said of Huggins.
While Huggins adds a brand-new dynamic to the already flourishing Rutgers offense, which averages 25 points per game, the Scarlet Knights are still dealing with a bit of a thorn in their side when it comes to pre-game injuries.
Freshman kicker Kyle Federico is still looking to be sidelined after sustaining a hip injury late in the game against Connecticut two weeks ago.
Federico's participating in the Temple game will, again, most likely be a game-time decision for Flood. However, the Scarlet Knights are not without a paddle if their kicker is forced out for the second straight week.
Nick Borgese, who stepped in for Federico in last week's win over Syracuse, will most likely be the quick decision replacement should he need to be.
On the Temple side, running back Matt Brown is still considered day-to-day after spraining his ankle in last Saturday's game against Connecticut. This is the second time the senior has injured his ankle this season alone, twinging it in the October 6th game against USF.
Cornerback Anthony Robey and center Sean Boyle, who both left the Connecticut game with injuries, are expected to play in this afternoon's matchup.
Today's noon kickoff from Lincoln Financial Field will be broadcast on SNY, The Big East Network and streaming live on WatchESPN.com.
As of Friday evening, Rutgers was the 4.5-point favorite to win; a victory that would give the Scarlet Knights complete control of the Big East standings.