For Rutgers football fans, this past Sunday was full of unforgettable moments. As the Scarlet Knights rolled to a 24-7 win over Northwestern, they got contributions from every part of the roster. One player who played a key role was Kyle Monangai, as his impact went beyond the box score.
In the second quarter, he stepped up and crushed a blitzing Northwestern linebacker to the ground. The play left fans in SHI Stadium in awe as the block allowed Gavin Wimsatt to deliver a 12-yard completion to Isaiah Washington.
The play also caught the eye of people around the football world. In a social media post, former NFL Player Geoff Schwarts praised Monangia, saying, “Look at Rutgers RB demolish this blitzing linebacker. It’s beautiful. This is the way. Step up with aggression in pass pro. Love it. Good work.”
👀👀 at Rutgers RB demolish this blitzing linebacker. It’s beautiful. This is the way. Step up with aggression in pass pro. Love it. Good work. pic.twitter.com/mc12MUhVtd
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) September 4, 2023
While the New Jersey native was the talk of social media, he also made a difference in the running game. On 14 attempts, Monangai recorded 49 rushing yards and found the endzone once. As the Rutgers offense proved to be no match for Northwestern, Monangia proved his value.
If he keeps producing blocks like he did on Sunday, then the Rutgers offense will find success.