Sanu’s efforts goes to waste in Jersey

By Richard Kent, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: October 3, 2010
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (BASN) — Rutgers is now a disappointing 2-2 after losing to Tulane 17-14 before a homecoming throng of 47,963 at Rutgers Stadium.

The Scarlet Knights — with their anemic offense — would be 1-3 without Mohamed Sanu, arguably the best athlete in the sophomore class nationally.

Without him they probably would have fallen at Florida International. Against Tulane, all Sanu did was rush for 122 yards in nine carries including a 91-yard run on Rutgers second play from scrimmage.

It’s the longest run from scrimmage in Rutgers football history. Yes, a history which started in 1869 with the first football game ever against Princeton. He also caught five passes for 70 yards.

This year was supposed to be the coming out party for sophomore quarterback Tom Savage and Sanu. Savage has been hurt most of the season but Sanu has held serve.

Many call his athletic abilities on his 6-feet-2, 218 pound frame as “freakish.”

He often runs the wildcat offense at Rutgers which would be offensive without him. As a freshman, the South Brunswick native was the MVP of the 2009 St. Petersburg Bowl — a Rutgers win.

The Scarlet Knights have a pivotal game on national television on Friday against UConn. It’s the Big East opener for both squads. There is no doubt that UConn is going to focus on Sanu. All teams do.

Expect some trickery from coach Greg Schiano’s squad with Sanu as the central figure to the trickery. He’s projected as a high draft choice if he comes out after his junior season next year.

He could be a first rounder. In the meantime, the fate of Rutgers football for 2010 rests on his shoulders. We say that he can handle the burden.