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Opponent Watch: 3 Things to Watch for From Rutgers

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“In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten, then he who continues the attack wins…” ~ Ulysses S. Grant

A proud son of Ohio, hailing from Point Pleasant, former Civil War general and the 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant would be a strong advocate for as much advanced scouting of the enemy as possible before a battle was engaged. While I have the utmost confidence in Urban Meyer and his strong staff of assistants, below are three areas I will be keeping an eye on when Ohio State travels to Piscataway, New Jersey, to battle the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in High Point Solutions Stadium.

A quick glance of Rutgers’ roster shows two Ohioans on it – former Michigan Wolverine Ross Douglas from Avon, and Columbus native Brendan Bordner. Neither player was extended a scholarship offer by Ohio State.  By comparison, Ohio State lists two players from New Jersey on its roster, in safety Jordan Fuller and offensive lineman Kevin Feder.

3 Things To Watch For From The Scarlet Knights

~ Stay Focused On Kiy Hester When Ohio State Is On Offense ~

Rutgers has one of the B1G’s interception leaders with junior safety Kiy Hester.  Hester had a solid game against Nebraska last week, with seven tackles and an interception that he returned for a touchdown.  It will be interesting  to see how Ohio State decides to attack Hester in passing situations.

~ Jerome Washington May Be A Matchup Challenge For Ohio State’s Defense~

Tight end James Washington is listed at 6’4″, 258 pounds.  Washington’s knack for making acrobatic catches notwithstanding, he has caught 15 passes for 135 yards this season, averaging 9 yards a reception.  Will Ohio State try to cover Washington with a linebacker like Jerome Baker?

~ Janarion Grant Will Be Back Against Ohio State ~

A 5’10”, 178 pound wide receiver, Grant is used in a variety of ways by Rutgers.  Grant did not play last week against Nebraska, but has been cleared to go against Ohio State, and is used as a receiver, runner, and is a tremendous special teams player on both kickoff and punt returns.  Will Ohio State even kick to him, considering the challenges they have had with their coverage units?