The offensive line is still a mess. There's no clear-cut
leader at tailback. Tight end will apparently be by committee and the
experimenting at fullback continues. So much for Rutgers answering most of its
offensive questions during spring practice -- which ended with last night's
Scarlet-White game at Rutgers Stadium.
Rutgers football: Coordinator confident in his offense
Ryan Hart completed seven of nine passes for 102 yards and
engineered two scoring drives to lead the Scarlet to a 21-0 victory over the
White in a Rutgers spring game Friday night. Hart, who started the final four
regular-season games as a true freshman last fall, said he felt comfortable
during the game.
Football: Hart sharp in Rutgers' spring game - Courier News
PISCATAWAY -- After an opponent marches 80 yards for a
touchdown, Rutgers defensive end Raheem Orr would never have a smile on his
face. The senior, however, couldn't help but grin at the thought of
first-string quarterback Ryan Hart flawlessly executing his initial drive in
the annual Scarlet & White spring football game. Hart completed all four of
his passes for 61 yards, setting up Clarence Pittman's 1-yard touchdown run as
the Scarlet rolled to a 21-0 victory before a crowd of 4,500 at Rutgers
Stadium last night.
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PISCATAWAY - Green pinny flapping, Ryan Hart connected on
pass after pass, finding receivers, scrambling superbly, and sending a crew of
red-jerseyed Scarlet Knights high-fiving.Hart and half the Rutgers' offense
looked incredibly sharp Friday night at the spring game. With the freshman
quarterback leading the charge, the unit dropped only two balls, threw none
away, and put up 14 points. But with that green pinny, that no-hits-allowed
warning, maybe this is how an unhurried quarterback looks.
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Is this the year Rutgers finally moves forward? Will it have
the stamina and depth to not only play well for a half or three quarters, as
it did last season against the likes of Miami, Virginia Tech, Tennessee and
Pittsburgh, but to actually upset a team of that caliber? Is Rutgers any
better entering Year Three under Greg Schiano than it was in predecessor Terry
Shea's third season?
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Calm, cool and quick, Hart opened things up immediately,
drilling wide receiver Shawn Tucker with a 31-yard pass on the first snap he
took from center to pave the way to two touchdown drives in the Scarlet's 21-0
All that's needed, they'll tell you,
is a messiah or two. Greg Schiano was brought in to be one, brought in as the
coach who not only knew where the Promised Land was, but knew how to guide a
team there. Messiah Number Two may have emerged here last night.
Sophomore-to-be quarterback Ryan Hart provided reason for the small gathering
suddenly to take - what else? - heart. The Floridian who took over the
starting job in the messy tail end of last season, replacing unhappy Ryan
Cubit who since has transferred and took his father, the deposed offensive
coordinator, with him, looked poised and polished and like a big-time player.
His arm is strong and his accuracy impressive.
Rutgers may have found its quarterback
Smith is the only Rutgers player likely to be selected
during this weekend's seven-round draft. An athletic 6-foot-4, 255-pound tight
end, Smith staged a brilliant four-year career in which he moved into the
school's all-time top 10 in both receptions and touchdowns, and led the team
in both of those categories that last two years.
Rutgers picked up its first two verbals of the season.
Mike Ziarnowski and Anthony Miller are the latest verbals to
the Rutgers football team.
Mike Ziarnowski, 6-2, 220, 4.75 (laser timed), LB, DE,, Immaculata HS
Second Team All State as a junior, he had 73 tackles, seven sacks, 13 tackles for losses, 1 fumbles recovery, 8-10 pass knockdowns
Anthony Miller, 6-0, 165, 4.45 J.P. Stevens
One of the state's top wide receiver prospects, Miller had over 600 yards as a junior and was a first team All-State pick after the season.
Basketball Recruiting - Shag snubs Knights
Shagari Alleyne, Rice's 7-foot-2 center, who changed his
mind last week about his verbal commitment to Rutgers, has now committed to
Kentucky. "I decided this is the place for me," said Alleyne, who is in
Louisville this weekend for tonight's Derby Festival Classic.
NYPOST.COM Sports RICE BIG MAN SHUNS RUTGERS FOR WILDCATS By DAN MARTIN
Big East Jitters
The Panthers may be happy in the Big East. They may have a
great appreciation for the conference's history and tradition, and feel a deep
sense of obligation to their Big East brethren. And they may be enjoying an
upswing as far as their two most important sports, football and basketball,
are concerned, and anticipating even more success on the immediate horizon.
But if the Hurricanes should suddenly leave the conference for one reason or
another, Big East football would suffer irreparable damage, and the Panthers
would suddenly find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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