Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Decision Time: WR Kenny Britt, Rutgers


Why Britt made the right decision to come out

1. Records broken –
Britt became the Big East’s all-time leading receiver with 3,043 yards and tied the conference mark with 14 career 100-yard games – set by Larry Fitzgerald (not a bad name for a receiver to be linked with…). He also owns almost every Rutgers receiving record.

2. New Signal Caller –
With fifth-year senior quarterback Mike Teel - Rutgers’ most accomplished quarterback in school history – being lost to graduation, Britt would have to build a rapport with one of the candidates for the starting quarterback job, which is still up-in-the-air. More than likely it would have been tough for Britt to reproduce 1,371 yards on 87 catches and seven touchdowns - in only 12 games (he was suspended one game for violating team rules). After setting the Rutgers single-season receiving yardage record as a sophomore, Britt was able to top that mark this season, while also having the second-best yards per game average in the nation with 114.3.

3. Play the hand you’re dealt – Kenny Britt was lucky enough to be dealt a “good hand” in terms of his frame: 6-4, 215 pounds – ideal NFL size. He has very good hands and while he isn’t considered a “burner”, he has above-average speed for his size and runs crisp routes.

Johnny G’s Take: With a new quarterback set to be under center next fall, Britt was wise to declare, especially on the heels of racking up 119 yards and a touchdown in the PapaJohn’s.com Bowl. Numerous times this fall, the Scarlet Knights also ran reverses with Britt, one of which he took to-the-house in a nationally televised game against Louisville. Another dimension that will help his value is Britt’s fearlessness—he’s not afraid to go over-the-middle and does not shy away from contact.