What has slowed down the Rutgers rushing attack?

Bobby Deren, Editor
Scarlet Nation
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The Rutgers rushing attack has been up and down this season and after five games, it ranks 74th in the nation with an average of 154 yards per game. Starting running back Gus Edwards stressed the importance of establishing the run, which has not always been helped out by the offensive line this season.

“We have to come back out with better numbers,” Edwards said this past week. “We have to get the running game going more. I feel like that will be a big part of our success.”

The rushing attack has totaled just 185 total yards in the past two games, which leads to the question of what has gone wrong.

“I don’t think it is a physical or effort problem,” Edwards. “I think we have been causing ourselves a lot problems. We have to focus on getting the penalties down and not making mental errors in important situations.”

Edwards leads the team with 302 yards on 72 carries, although he is looking to improve.

“It could be a lot better,” Edwards said of his own performance. “The rushing attack has not been too great. But I just have to keep moving forward and focus on the things I can get better at and get myself better first before anything.”

Physically, Edwards said he is feeling strong after getting the lion’s share of the carries through five games.

“I think we are doing a great job with the rotation. Me and Rob [Martin] are splitting carries pretty evenly. I do a lot of things to keep sure my body is good week in and week out, so I feel great.”

Big Ten Rushing Offense

Team

Yards Per game

1.) Ohio State

238.8

2.) Wisconsin

233.8

3.) Maryland

233.5

4.) Michigan State

187.5

5.) Michigan

184.3

6.) Minnesota

180.8

7.) Penn State

179.0

8.) Nebraska

156.2

9.) Rutgers

154.0

10.) Indiana

146.8

11.) Purdue

137.3

12.) Iowa

128.2

13.) Northwestern

126.5

14.) Illinois

106.0

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