Fan Kickoff Celebration Moved Indoors Tonight
The Rutgers Football Kickoff Celebration has been moved to the RAC.
The second annual Rutgers Football Kick-Off Celebration, set for Friday evening, has been moved indoors due to the threat of inclement weather. The fan fest will take place from 6-8 p.m. in the Louis Brown Athletic Center. Parking is available in the lots adjacent to the building.
Rutgers Football Kickoff Celebration Moved Indoors
Letterwinners Gathering - August 30th at 4:30
The Rutgers Letterwinners Association will be hosting a gathering of former Rutgers Varsity Football players on August 30th starting at 4:30PM in Athlete's Glenn adjacent to Rutgers Stadium. All former Rutgers Varsity Football Players are welcome.
They would also like all former Rutgers Varsity Football players to join them on the sideline for the game. To do so, please call the Rutgers Football office at 732-445-5100 at least a week before the game.
Touchdown Club Day at Summer Practice
TD Club Day at Summer Practice will be on Saturday August 16th. There will be a scrimmage at 3pm. Still undecided is whether this will be open to the public or closed but no matter what Active 2003 TD Club members will be invited in and down onto the field.
Touchdown Club - Tailgate
The Rutgers Touchdown Club will be holding its first ever Tailgate Party on September 6, 2003 for the Michigan State Game. The tailgate will be at Shula's II Steakhouse beginning at 3:00 pm. Shula's is conveniently located by Newark Airport between Exits 13A and 14 off the New Jersey Turnpike. Come join the tailgate, as fellow Touchdown Club Members, former Scarlet Knight Players, and Rutgers Fans of all ages from the Metropolitan Area help cheer the Scarlet Knights on to victory over MSU. This event is free for Touchdown Club Members and will include food, prizes and raffles that will complement a great game and atmosphere. Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are not included. Touchdown Club members, please bring your 2003 membership card or other form of ID. Non members can join the fun for a nominal fee of $5.00. This money goes directly to the Touchdown Club and can be applied to a Touchdown Club Membership application filled out at the event. Mark your calendars - you will not want to miss this exciting event. For more information and TD Club contacts please visit the Touchdown Club web site at http://touchdownclub.rutgers.edu
Clinics and Camps
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General Athletic Information
Twenty-three players signed National Letters of Intent to play football at Rutgers University this season. Included in that group are several players from each skill position -- but just one quarterback.
"I would've liked to have another quarterback coming in to push me even harder, but I am excited about being the only one taken this year," said Terrence Shawell, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound signal caller from Pottstown (Penn.) High School.
Shawell recovered from injury to join Scarlet Knights
Rutgers University football coach Greg Schiano paid special attention to his placekickers during practice yesterday.
"It's too early to make an assessment," Schiano said. "I just want to make sure I get all the information I need to make the decision."
Rutgers football camp notes
Marcus Jones tried playing dumb. Then he laughed. And then, in his sweet southern twang, he asked, "Is anybody rooting for me?" Mired in the most gripping battle of Rutgers camp, Jones likely won't ever know that. Unless he wins. In which case, the junior running back said, "Everyone will be."
After a year in which the Scarlet Knights employed four primary running backs - three of whom turned in a 100-yard game - head coach Greg Schiano is desperate to find one tailback to carry his football, every week. No, Marcus, your coaches and teammates aren't rooting for a particular running back, just any one of you.
The footrace is on
RB Justise Hairston didn't need to see fellow freshman Mike Fladell officially weigh in yesterday to confirm what his eyes were already telling him: The biggest player in Rutgers football history had more than lived up to his advance billing.
"We call him gigantor, or half a day -- because it takes half a day to get around him," Hairston said.
Freshman makes big first impression
In the two years he spent as Shawn Seabrooks' understudy, Jason Grant said he tried to take everything he could from watching one of the best free safeties in Rutgers history.
So it probably isn't surprising he took Seabrooks' former New Brunswick apartment as well -- minus all the Mets souvenirs. Grant, despite hailing from Queens, has no use for Seabrooks' favorite sports team. He's an unwavering Yankees fan.
But taking over his friend's old digs is one thing. Taking over his position is quite another.
Free safety is still up for grabs
He's the poster-perfect candidate for the New Jersey State Police, 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds of sculpted beef, square jaw and close-cropped hair, ramrod straight, diligent and disciplined.
The State Police may have to wait an extra year for their poster boy. If things work out in encouraging fashion for Rutgers football this year, if the NCAA in its wisdom then grants him a sixth year of eligibility should he so petition, Brian Duffy is leaning strongly toward that option.
Duffy hopes to anchor turnaround
Knights in the Pros
Don't be surprised if L.J. Smith pinches himself the first time he catches a pass from Donovan McNabb in a game.
The Philadelphia Eagles' training camp already has offered some reality checks for Smith, the team's second-round pick (61st overall) this year
Catching on at tight end
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Around Big East
A week ago, Rich Rodriguez seemed resigned to a grin-and-bear-it attitude with regard to the NCAAs new once-a-day practice mandate. He didnt much care for it, but, like everyone else, he was fine with giving it a chance.
But over the first four days of West Virginias fall camp, Rodriguez has become more and more disenchanted with the limitations that have been imposed. And Thursday, when he had to cut practice short because of lightning strikes in the area, he figured it reached the point of being just plain ridiculous.
Squeezed in Morgantown
The University of Miami's kicking game is wide open -- three candidates but no controversy.
''Usually, it's more questions about the quarterbacks than the kicking game,'' said sophomore Mark Gent, who is considered the leading contender to start at placekicker. ``That took the spotlight off the kicking dudes.''
UM mystery? The `kicking dudes'
The Irish are coming and so is a crush for tickets.
Syracuse University anticipates there will be no single-game tickets available for its Dec. 6 home football game against Notre Dame. The only way to guarantee buying a ticket is through a package.
While season tickets have been on sale for a while, a new three-game package of tickets that includes Notre Dame goes on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. the Carrier Dome box office.
Without 'Triple Threat,' Irish tickets hard to come by
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