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Every Big Ten East Division team’s biggest question after spring football

Spring Football has come to an end, and the East division has stolen all the attention, but did all the questions get answered?



Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Just How Much Growth Did Rescigno Do in Spring?

While the defensive numbers haven’t been good for a few years at Rutgers (really since their introduction to the Big Ten), sometimes it is all about the offense. In fact, having an offense that can sustain drives and score points is often times a good defense’s best friend.

Rutgers’ offense really needs to start turning the corner after ranking last in scoring, passing and total offense in the Big Ten last season. Chalk that up to transition, but with a full season and a full recruiting class in the mix it is time for new offensive coordinator Jerry Kill (former Minnesota HC) to get to work building a suitable offense.

He’s got the running back in Robert Martin, but does he have the quarterback needed in Giovanni Rescigno? It was a question entering spring ball and still the question coming out of it.

The good news is that Rescigno seemed to have better command of the overall offense and beat out Zach Allen, his main challenger by the time spring camp was over. That likely means a quarterback much more stable in the offense and a much more complete player overall.

Kill is familiar with quarterbacks that are tough runners and deceptive throwers (hello Mitch Liedner anyone), so that could help this situation out a lot. Still, there’s a lot of progress to be made given the division the Scarlet Knights are in and the schedule they will face.

Rescigno has to be able to keep drives alive, make smart plays in the passing game and for the love of all things holy — USE JANORIAN GRANT AT ALL TIMES POSSIBLE. We’ll see if he can accomplish that, but at least spring provided a glimmer of hope.

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Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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