Michigan Opponent Players to Watch: Rutgers

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Last years first Big Ten matchup between Rutgers and Michigan left a bad taste in the mouths of the Michigan football team. Rutgers quarterback and special teams players had a great day in its win over the Wolverines. The second meeting will take place at The Big House on Nov. 7 and Michigan will be looking for a different outcome. Here are a couple of Rutgers players that Michigan will need to pay extra attention to if they want a victory.

OFFENSE

Leonte Caroo (Wide Receiver)

This 6-foot-1 receiver earned 1st team All Big Ten honors last year and is on this years Maxwell Award watch list. His 55 receptions led the team and was 7th in the conference. He was also 2nd in the Big Ten in yards with 1,086 receiving yards to go along with 10 touchdowns. Caroo has a great combination of size and speed, not to mention his outstanding athletic ability. One NFL.com writer named Caroo the 10th most explosive athlete in all of college football. Even Caroo is a big fan of himself, stating that he is the best receiver in the conference. Even though he will be having a new quarterback to find chemistry with this season, he still is dangerous and has big play potential with every reception. The Michigan secondary will have to account for him at all times.

DEFENSE

Darius Hamilton (Defensive Lineman)

On a less than average defense last year Hamilton (6-foot-4, 260 lbs) was one of the highlights and best players for Rutgers. He was their defensive MVP, and one of the team captains. He has been chosen as a team captain again and landed a spot on the watch list for the Outland Trophy. Last season he totaled 45 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, six sacks and a forced fumble. Hamilton, a senior, will be going into his third year as a starter and will be a cornerstone for this Rutgers defense. The unproven Michigan offensive line will have to be on their A game to prevent him from making big plays.

Chad Finley
I am entering my second football season as a TBHR writer. I have been a life long Michigan fan and being able to write about what I love is amazing! Follow me on a Twitter @finfive1