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Huggins scores 2 TDs in first college game

Savon Huggins is taking this whole college football thing in stride.

Huggins looked calm, cool and collected, clutching a Snickers bar in his right hand as he waited for reporters to descend upon him following Rutgers' 48-0 win over North Carolina Central on Thursday night.

The freshman running back had just scored two touchdowns in his very first college game, but he didn't seem all that impressed with himself. When asked whether he felt any nerves before the game, Huggins said, "Not really."

"I didn’t think about it," Huggins added. "I just went out there and played and had fun doing it. And all that hard work in camp I guess prepped me for now, so I really wasn’t nervous, and the game seemed slow to me."

Perhaps part of the reason for Huggins' nonchalance was the fact that he scored 35 touchdowns in his senior year of high school alone. The 6-foot, 200-pound tailback from St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City is arguably the most talented recruit in Rutgers history -- the fourth-best running back and 28th-best player in the entire country in his high school class, according to ESPNU's rankings.

Or maybe it's because he is just that focused. After Huggins carried the ball for the very first time as a Scarlet Knight, the crowd of 40,061 at High Point Solutions Stadium cheered when his name was announced, even though it was just a three-yard gain -- yet Huggins said he didn't even notice.

His new coach was impressed with Huggins' inaugural collegiate performance, though.

"Pretty good I think," Greg Schiano said. "It was really good to see Savon, how much burst he looked like he had. The lights were on, he was flying around. Now we gotta get his pads lower, we gotta do a lot of things that we do with our running backs. But you see he’s got some pop."

He certainly does. But Huggins was not just handed the starting running back job -- in fact, he didn't enter the game until Rutgers' third offensive series. But once he did, Schiano and offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti called his number four straight times. Then, after an interruption of one passing play, they handed Huggins the ball three more times consecutively. And on carry No. 7, he crossed the plane for a one-yard touchdown.

On Rutgers' very next possession, Huggins tacked on the second touchdown of his Scarlet Knights career, from seven yards out. In the process, he became the first Rutgers freshman to score two touchdowns in his very first game since fellow running back Terrell Willis -- who is second on Rutgers' all-time rushing list (behind only Ray Rice).

Huggins finished the night with modest numbers, besides the pair of scores -- 10 carries for 32 yards -- as Rutgers gave four running backs a chance to carry the ball. But you can expect Huggins to get more and more carries as his freshman season continues.

Why? Well, just listen to the man himself.

"The more carries I get, the better I get," Huggins said. "I just keep wearing defenses down, wearing defenses down."

Is Huggins destined for greatness? It's obviously too soon to tell. But the way he handled himself Thursday night, on and off the field, you're inclined to believe him.