Pitt to battle Rutgers Saturday at Heinz Field

Pitt begins its Big East schedule by hosting the Scarlet Knights.

Pitt (2-1) will face Rutgers (1-2) at noon this Saturday at Heinz Field. Pitt is coming off a 26-20 win over UAB while Rutgers is coming off a 44-0 blowout win over Army.

Rutgers is led on offense by 6-2, 215 lb senior Ted Trump. He is 32 of 61 for 396 yards and 4 TDs on the season. The rushing attack is led by 5-10, 195 lb freshman Markis Facyson. Markis has rushed for 235 yards on 53 carries for a 4.4 yards per carry average. He is one of the best young running backs in the conference.

Rutgers is led in receiving by huge 6-5, 200 lb sophomore Chris Baker. Chris has 9 catches for 93 yards for a 10.3 average per catch. He also has 2 TD catches. Standout senior tight end L.J. Smith, who goes 6-4 252 lbs, has 9 catches for 87 yards and 2 TDs. Most publications have listed him as the first team All-Big East tight end. Sophomore Jerry Andre, 6-1, 185 lbs, is another WR to keep an eye on. He has 6 catches for 94 yards this season.

Rutgers is led on defense by 5-10, 190 lb senior safety Shawn Seabrooks. Shawn was selected as the Big East defensive player of the week last week. He returned an INT 33 yards for a TD last week and made several tackles and broke up a pass.

Pitt will look to continue to improve on an offense led by QB Rod Rutherford and RB Brandon Miree. They still need to improve in the areas of special teams and turnovers on offense.

Although Rutgers was 2-9 last season and were blown out of most games, they still almost pulled off an upset of Syracuse (9-3) last year, losing in the final minute of the game 24-17. That tells you that you never know what can happen in college football. Hopefully Pitt will have a nice crowd to welcome the team back after a nice road victory last week. Pitt recruits the state of New Jersey pretty hard, and has landed its share of top players from the state, so a impressive win can only be a big help to us in recruiting.

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