Rutgers football, like the rest of the state, took a hard hit when Hurricane Sandy crushed the Northeast early last week. For the Scarlet Knights, it meant a shortened practice week with the bye and plenty of time without electricity on campus.
Players had the opportunity to go home for the weekend to be with their families, but many spent time playing with the evacuated children living at the nearby Werblin Center.
Quarterback Gary Nova told ScarletReport.com during the bye week that his confidence did not take a hit after a six-interception performance. Nova said that Rutgers remains his team and it is his responsibility as a quarterback to play better.
No. 23 Rutgers gets back to business today with Army on tap this weekend at noon from High Point Solutions Stadium. The Black Knights and their triple option attack make for the top rushing offense in the national. A rivalry built on respect and strengthened following the Eric LeGrand injury, Rutgers hosts Army for the first time since 2008.
It was a solid week for Rutgers players in award lists, including linebacker Khaseem Greene as a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik award, Logan Ryan for the Jim Thorpe award and Duron Harmon for the ARA Sportsmanship award.
Hurricane Sandy somewhat hindered the coaching staff's ability to make recruiting visits, but it did not stop Rutgers from seeing multiple prospects, including Stroudsburg's Sebastian Joseph and Hargrave Military Academy's Lester Liston.
Rutgers hoops unofficially tipped off the season yesterday with an exhibition victory over Holy Family in front of approximately 300 fans at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. The Scarlet Knights won 92-52 after a slow offensive start.
Junior forward Wally Judge recorded seven points and six rebounds in his competitive debut for the Scarlet Knights.
Following the exhibition, the next step for Rutgers is tipoff of the 2012-13 season, Friday night against St. Peter's at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.