Rutgers' Savon Huggins hurts knee

NEW YORK -- Rutgers freshman running back Savon Huggins is expected to miss the team's final three regular-season games, the result of a right knee injury suffered in the Scarlet Knights' 20-17 overtime win over South Florida on Saturday.

Huggins could be available for a bowl game, however. Rutgers is now bowl-eligible with a record of 6-3.

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said Monday that he's not sure what to expect, in terms of the speed of Huggins' recovery, because it's his first year with the program.

"Just being conservative, I don't think he'll be able to play in the next three weeks," Schiano said.

Huggins arguably is the biggest recruit in Rutgers football history -- rated the 28th-best player in the country in his high school class, and the fourth-best running back, in the ESPN 100 rankings. He has played a backup role for most of this season, with just 56 carries for 146 yards, but he does have five touchdowns.

Kieran Darcy covers college sports for ESPNNewYork.com.