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All weekend long, Tres Moses showed the recruit around and chatted up Rutgers. All weekend long, the Rutgers' receiver kept his two eye teeth capped in gold.But then, on the now-forgotten recruit's last night, with reservations set for a fancy restaurant, Moses showed up without the gold caps."He said, 'When you're at a real nice place,' " receivers' coach Darrell Hazell recalled, choking back a chuckle, " 'it's not the time for gold teeth.' "
North Jersey Media Group

One bad break gives Pilch a break. Greg Schiano could've looked eerily prescient. But he owned up to just getting lucky. Ray Pilch slid in as the starting fullback a year ago - his first at the position - and now seems to have slid in as the starting tight end - his first back at his initial position. Moved in the spring, Pilch was expected to battle last year's backup, Chris Loomis, for playing time, but Loomis broke his ankle last week. "I look like a prophet now," Schiano said. "But really, I thought Ray would give us the stability we needed there."
North Jersey Media Group

In a practice-closing full-team situational drill, the Scarlet Knights' defense was thoroughly humiliating the offense, snaring two interceptions for touchdowns, sending quarterback Teddy Trump scurrying to safety, and swarming deep, deep, and deeper into the offensive backfield. With the defenders screaming turf-pounding chants of "Defense," while play-mocking their offensive brethren, a lively nearly three-hour practice was becoming absurdly more frenzied.
North Jersey Media Group

PISCATAWAY --Asked about the line he will be running behind this season, Clarence Pittman simply rolled his eyes. In years past, his reaction might have been viewed as a display of frustration. But Pittman, Rutgers University's junior tailback, wasn't lamenting his blockers' potential shortcomings. He was, instead, beaming with optimism.
Rutgers counting on improved play from offensive line | Courier News Online

PISCATAWAY -- Two of the three Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School graduates on the Rutgers University football team's roster have hit some tough times. While Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said at Friday's football media day that senior Nate Jones, the cornerback and special teams star has an opportunity to become an All-America player this year, Schiano added that defensive lineman Ron Jenerette would not play this year because of an undisclosed health problem. Offensive lineman Rob Dinsmore, another Scotch Plains-Fanwood graduate and a redshirt junior, said he pulled his hamstring five weeks ago during a workout and still is recovering.
Rutgers' Schiano pushing Jones for All-American | Courier News Online

PISCATAWAY - This goes back almost a decade, back to Youngstown, Ohio, where football is king and kids make names in Pop Warner leagues. Back to when the showdowns always seemed to be between the Northside Knights and their superstar runner Justise Hairston, and the Braves, who were led by a big offensive lineman named Maurice Clarett. Yes, that Maurice Clarett.
Rutgers hoping Justise will prevail

 

Basketball

Antwi Atuahene, a point guard from Toronto who signed with the Rutgers University men's basketball program last spring, will not enroll this fall. Atuahene passed the NCAA Clearinghouse but didn't get by Rutgers admissions, his Amateur Athletics Union coach, Ro Russell, said. "He's qualified (by NCAA standards), but the only problem is a lot of schools like Rutgers require a higher SAT score, which at this point Antwi doesn't have," Russell said. "That's the only obstacle."
Men's Basketball: Toronto guard won't be eligible this fall for Rutgers | Courier News Online

 

Women's Basketball

Shakira Clarke, a junior from Toronto who graduated high school after three years, will join the Rutgers University women's basketball team if she can get by the NCAA and the university's clearinghouses, her Amateur Athletics Union coach said Friday. Ro Russell, director of Grassroots Canada, said he is optimistic that Clarke will be eligible to play this season after recently graduating from a fast-track program.
Women's Basketball: Rutgers close to getting Canadian guard | Courier News Online

 

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