Greg Schiano remarked after Rutgers’ first spring practice that the Scarlet Knights were still quite young in their total program reload. While that may be true, the days of true expectations are fast approaching.

It’s Year 3 of the coach’s second stint on campus. Sixteen projected starters — 10 on offense, six on defense — are recruits or transfers signed by Schiano and his staff. Rutgers improved from three wins in 2020 to five in 2021, backing into a surprise Gator Bowl bid on the strength of a high APR score after Texas A&M withdrew for COVID-19 reasons. Now they head into 2022 with excitement surrounding Gavin Wimsatt, the program’s quarterback of the future, and a revamped offensive line, not to mention a slew of returning standouts on both sides of the ball.