Savon Huggins

Northern Iowa the landing spot for former Rutger RB Savon Huggins

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Less than two weeks after leaving Rutgers, Savon Huggins has found a new campus to finish his playing career.

On Instagram, Huggins confirmed that he has transferred to Northern Iowa. Because he is a graduate transfer, Huggins would’ve been eligible immediately at an FBS football program, but decided instead to use his last season of eligibility at the FCS level.

Now it’s time to start the next chapter of my life #comebackseason #2015,” the running back wrote in his post.

In an interview with nj.com, Huggins expounded on his decision.

“Northern Iowa is the best fit for me, the best opportunity,” the player said. “It’s a great atmosphere. The campus is really small. I don’t need it to be too big. The (master’s) program that I’m looking for, they have. Everything just fell right into place. I get to play with two of my high school teammates too, so everything just fell in line. It was the best thing for me. …

“The stadium (the UNI-Dome) is beautiful. It’s actually an indoor stadium. The facilities are just like any other Division 1 program. They’ve got state-of-the-art stuff. They’ve got everything. I was very impressed. It was better than I thought it would be. I just fell in love with it. I was like, ‘This is where I can see myself playing and this is where I’m going to be.'”

Northern Iowa finished the 2014 season 9-5, losing to Illinois State in the second round of the FCS playoffs.

Huggins was a four-star member of RU’s 2011 recruiting class, rated as the No. 7 running back in the country and the No. 1 player at any position in the state of New Jersey. Other recruiting services, such as Scout.com, had Huggins as a five-star prospect.

Thanks in part to injuries, Huggins finished his Scarlet Knights career with 842 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on 261 carries. His best season came in 2012 as he rushed for 410 yards as a sophomore.

An injury forced him to take a redshirt this season.

Savon Huggins, former four-star RB recruit, leaving Rutgers

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Savon Huggins was never able to live up to his recruiting hype at Rutgers.  Now, the running back will look to finish up his collegiate career elsewhere.

Monday, Huggins confirmed via both Twitter and standard media that he has decided to transfer out of the RU football program.  In explaining his decision, Huggins basically said it was time for a reboot.

“Basically, I just wanted a new start, something different,” Huggins told nj.com. “I think it was time for me to just move on. The decision didn’t really come down to playing time or any of that, ultimately, because this was in my mind for a little while.”

Because Huggins will be a graduate transfer, he would be eligible to play immediately at the FBS level in 2015. As for his new school? Those plans should be announced before the midpoint of January.

“I have some things lined up,” Huggins said. “We’ll see what will happen in the next couple of weeks.”

Huggins was a four-star member of RU’s 2011 recruiting class, rated as the No. 7 running back in the country and the No. 1 player at any position in the state of New Jersey.  Other recruiting services, such as Scout.com, had Huggins as a five-star prospect.

Thanks in part to injuries, Huggins will finish his Scarlet Knights career with 842 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on 261 carries.  His best season came in 2012 as he rushed for 410 yards as a sophomore.

An injury forced him to take a redshirt this season.

Pair of Rutgers RBs battling shoulder issues

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Thanks to injury issues, the young depth in Rutgers’ backfield will get more than their share of reps and opportunities this spring.

With spring practice starting Tuesday, the Scarlet Knights confirmed that running backs Paul James and Savon Huggins are both dealing with shoulder issues.  As a result, the former will be limited throughout the spring while the latter will not participate at all in the 15 sessions.

How and when the twin shoulder issues surfaced is unknown.

Last season, and despite missing four games due to injury unrelated to his current condition, James led RU with 881 yards and nine touchdowns.  He was named first-team All-AAC in the Scarlet Knights final season in that conference before officially moving to the Big Ten July 1.  Huggins, a former five-star recruit, finished third on the team with 286 yards as he too was hampered by injuries.

In addition to James and Huggins, first-team All-AAC tight end Tyler Kroft (shoulder) along with a pair of defensive starters — defensive end Quanzell Lambert (shoulder) and linebacker Steve Longa (lower body) — will be limited.

Paul James to miss Rutgers’ next two games, at least

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Paul James entered Rutgers’ game with Arkansas leading the nation rushing.  Not only did he exit the win over the Razorbacks sans that distinction, he left with what appears to be a rather significant injury.

RU officials confirmed Sunday afternoon that the running back will be sidelined for at least the next two games due to what’s only being described as a lower-leg injury.  The injury will cost James at bare minimum games against SMU (Oct. 5) and Louisville (Oct. 10) following a bye weekend.

In broad terms, the school stated that James will be out “a few weeks,” although an exact timeframe for a return should become into focus later on this week or next.

James initially suffered the injury in the third quarter, returned, then aggravated it again in the fourth quarter.

Through the first three games of the season, James led the country in rushing with 493 yards.  He finished with 80 yards against the Hogs, dropping him to No. 2 behind Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon (624).  His six rushing touchdowns are tied with seven other players for fifth at the FBS level.

The Scarlet Knights’ second-leading rusher is Savon Huggins, who finished second on the team last season and is a former four-star recruit.

Walk-on RB earns starting job at Rutgers

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After finishing second on the team in rushing in 2012, Savon Huggins was expected to shoulder much of Rutgers’ running game load with the departure of Jawan Jamison.  While that might end up being the case on down the road, it’s not in the here and now.

On the depth chart released Monday morning, Paul James was listed as the starter at running back, with former four-star recruit Huggins listed as his backup.  The abrupt shift came after James rushed for 182 yards on 22 carries in the season-opening loss to Fresno State Thursday.

In that overtime loss, Huggins rushed for just 15 yards on six carries.

James, a walk-on redshirt sophomore, had played in just two games prior to the opener, carrying the ball five times for 22 yards previously.

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