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Rutgers senior linebacker Gary Brackett (Glassboro, NJ) has signed a free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts. Brackett was contacted by the representatives of the Colts following the conclusion of the National Football League Draft on Sunday, and is looking forward to attending the team’s mini-camp later this week.
Brackett Signs Free Agent Contract With Colts

L.J. Smith, who emerged as one of the most outstanding receivers to ever play for Rutgers, will now get the chance to take his vast skills to the National Football League after being drafted in the second round by the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday.
Smith Selected in Second Round of NFL Draft

Last spring Ryan Hart was thinking about the Cardinal Gibbons High School senior prom.
Fast forward one year and Hart is the field general of a Big East football team, thinking of powerhouse opponent defenses like Miami.
One can only wonder if this is what Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano envisioned last October 26 when, in the fourth quarter of a lopsided blowout against Syracuse, he ripped the proverbial red-shirt off Hart's back and threw the promising freshman quarterback into the fire.
Hart comes into his own in annual Spring Game

When L.J. Smith heard his name called by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the NFL Draft on Saturday, he was surrounded by approximately 50 close friends and family members. Among them - Rutgers teammate and fellow senior Gary Brackett.
NFL comes calling for two Knights

Caller ID was the saving grace for Rutgers tight end L.J. Smith this weekend.
The NFL Draft prospect had spent nearly seven hours at his uncle's house in Franklin Township listening to names other than his be called on ESPN when his cell phone rang.
An anxious Smith looked down to see the 215 area code - representative of Philadelphia - and finally relaxed.
Smith taken by Eagles in draft's second round

By the time the phone finally rang, by the time the voice on the other end asked L.J. Smith how he was doing, all the 23-year-old tight end could think was: Don't be cute.
"Man, I'm stressed out," Smith snorted at Mike Ross, the Philadelphia Eagles' director of scouting. "How do you think I'm doing?" Ross just laughed, Smith said later. And then he told him to stop stressing.
Rutgers' Smith gets the call he was waiting for

L.J. Smith sat on the same stage and listened to his new Eagles teammate, Jerome McDougle from Miami, talk about undefeated seasons, championship games and national titles.
"We took a different route, that's for sure," Smith, the Eagles' second-round draft pick from Rutgers, said. "But we're both here now."
Rutgers' Smith happy to be here

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The recruiting mail and football scholarship offers that are arriving almost daily are being kept in laundry baskets.
Soon, to adequately handle the heavy flow of correspondence, other provisions likely will have to be made.
Strath Haven's Dan Connor, a blue-chip prospect rated as one of the top linebackers in the country, has received, at last count, 21 scholarship offers from Division I programs.
He can pick from among the best

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Poor Mike Tranghese. This should be such a special time for the commissioner of the Big East Conference, but he just can't enjoy it. Not with those mean guys from the Atlantic Coast Conference trying to steal his schools, scare away coaches, and take all his lunch money.
"I have no use for the ACC right now," Tranghese whined to the New York Daily News last week. "They're a bunch of hypocrites. They operate in the dark."
ACC-Big East feud shows cruel side of college sports

Basketball

One of the first phone calls Jamie Dixon made after he was named men's basketball coach at Pitt was to Dave Distel, the coach at Cardinal Dougherty High School in Philadelphia.
Dixon wanted Distel to know he's still trying to recruit Kyle Lowry, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound point guard who averaged 18 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds and 5 steals this past season as a junior. Lowry was MVP of the Philadelphia Catholic League and a first-team all-city selection.
Dixon, Pitt staff targeting perimeter players

Football

Derrick Crudup Jr. claims race was a factor in the competition for the starting quarterback job at Miami, which he lost last week to Brock Berlin.
Crudup is black and Berlin is white. Crudup and his father, former NFL player Derrick Crudup Sr., said the competition was compromised by racially insensitive comments from quarterback coach Dan Werner, who is white.
Crudup Jr. says race was factor in Miami's QB decision

The Syracuse University football team's defensive unit is embarrassed. They are angry. They are not the nicest guys on the field these days.
It's all good. The Orangemen are saying the right things and have got the right chip on their shoulder. But as the team wrapped up spring practice on Saturday with their annual scrimmage at the Carrier Dome, the big question facing the defense is simple: is it better?
Signs of Hope

R.J. Anderson had a better seat than anyone as he watched the trials and tribulations of his teammate and close friend, Troy Nunes. He saw Nunes endure years of jeers as a Syracuse University quarterback and rise above them to earn cheers as a senior.
"After all that happened and after all the smoke cleared, he blocked everything out and stepped up to the challenge and played like a senior leader," Anderson said. "If I could take something from him, that's what I would take."
Anderson gets his game back

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The Notre Dame offense once again saw how productive its defense can be.
The Blue team forced three second-half turnovers, all leading to points, in a 17-14 victory over the Gold in the Irish's annual spring game Saturday. Chris Olsen played for the Gold in the first half and Blue in the second, guiding the Irish to 23 of the total 31 points scored.
Olsen, defense make headlines in Notre Dame's spring game

Interesting Article

There are many crucial times during the lengthy college football recruiting process. After the official and in-home visits, the May Evaluation period -- which lasts from April 15 to May 31 -- is perhaps the next most important time. During these six weeks, each college is allowed four weeks to evaluate high school football prospects. Not every state in America has spring football; in fact, fewer than half do.
May evaluation becoming a crucial time

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