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The Last Picture Show - the Finale

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The Last Picture Show - the Finale

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 - 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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Football

Ted Trump envies younger quarterbacks playing for Rutgers University, and not because they might see more time than he will this season.
"I really like (coordinator Craig Ver Steeg's) new offense, I just wish I had more time in it," said Trump, a senior who is battling sophomore Ryan Hart for reps. "You can never really master an offense in one year, and for me it's even less than that. I really envy the younger quarterbacks who get to come here and spend a career with him."
Trump becoming a master of different offenses

Anticipation surrounding the first day in full pads turned to disappointment when rain forced the Rutgers University football team from grass fields to the turf outside the stadium for practice yesterday. "I really wanted to go on the grass and tackle to the ground because that's what everyone gets excited about," Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano said. "I just didn't want to do that today. We've been fortunate, staying relatively healthy, and I didn't want to screw around with that."
By NCAA mandate, teams could not wear full pads until the fifth day of preseason practice.
NO TACKLING IN THE RAIN

Brian Hohmann definitely looked baffled.
Yes, he's put in two years as a starting linebacker. That's right, he's in his third year playing for this same Rutgers coaching staff. And check, he is indeed a senior. But now, when fans, opponents, and even teammates can't stop talking about some unproven, never-played-before linebackers, he's supposed to be irked? "Let's be honest," Hohmann said. "They have a lot more talent than I do. Berkeley Hutchinson is an All-American, and William Beckford is ... well, look at him."
That there was no "Duh" tacked on is only because Brian Hohmann has impeccable manners. And a genuine disinterest in anything football-related that oesn't happen on a football field.
Making room for linebackers

Meanwhile, on the future quarterback front, Don Bosco's Mike Teel - Greg Schiano's most high-profile recruit until Nate Robinson decided to come to camp two weeks ago - made his first red hat-wearing visit to the Rutgers' sideline Saturday. Just back from a weeklong shore jaunt, Teel said he expects to cram in as many trips to Piscataway as he can before his own Don Bosco practices start Friday.
"This is fun," the lanky 6-foot-5, 205-pounder said. "They're all yelling and screaming, they all look like they love being out there - everything looks pretty good right now."
Rutgers odds and ends

Lightning interrupted practice for 20 minutes, and then a merciless sun came out. Taking pity on his players, coach Greg Schiano lined up his team at the 20-yard line and told kicker Ryan Sands to pace off a 37-yard field goal. If Sands splits the uprights, Schiano said, practice ends early.
The defensive line made a pretense of moving but no one actually jumped, corner Nate Jones rolled left and was in perfect position to knock down the late rising-kick but didn't bother putting out a hand, and safety Bryan Durango raised his arms only after the ball cut through the middle of the goal posts. The play of the sequence, however, came from the official who threw a yellow flag over the mosh pit of Knights. The penalty, the ref said, was for excessive celebration.
Aditi sounds off...

After dealing with rain and threatening skies for each of the first four days of training camp, the Rutgers football team began Sunday's practice under similar conditions. After retreating to the locker room during a stretch of rain and lightning, the team re-emerged to summer-like conditions for the remainder of its practice, the first session in full pads.
Rutgers' practice ended with a 37-yard field goal by Ryan Sands, as the team erupted over his successful kick with the sun blazing down on the practice fields. Head coach Greg Schiano challenged Sands to make the kick and end practice immediately, or prolong the session with an errant kick. Sands split the uprights perfectly, much to the enjoyment of his teammates.
Rutgers Enjoys First Full Pads Practice Under Sunny Skies

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Knights in the Pros

It wasn't a monster dunk against Syracuse or game-clinching rebound against Georgetown, but Rashod Kent will remember it for the rest of his life.
He had just stretched over the pylon of the front corner of the end zone and thought he had the first touchdown of his professional football career.
But then he had to wait.
Kent catching on in his new career

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Around Big East

Football

Football has always been extremely important to University of Pittsburgh sophomore receiver Larry Fitzgerald. As a kid, he began sleeping with a football. He still does.
Practice therapy for Pitt receiver

Perry Patterson is confident he'll be medically cleared to join the Syracuse University football team today when preseason practice begins.
The redshirt freshman said team doctors would make the call following a physical examination on Sunday. After that, Patterson said, he'll pick up where he left off in spring practice - and that's chasing down R.J. Anderson for the starting quarterback job.
QB game after knee operations

Junior-college transfer De’Andre LaCaille reported to the Syracuse University football team’s preseason camp Sunday afternoon, the second California defensive back to join the team in the week leading up to the start of practice today.
LaCaille and Donte Williams will be asked to bolster a team that finished last in the nation in pass defense last season and lost four players who had significant roles in the secondary.
Reinforcements arrive

A week after being knocked out cold on the practice field last April and sustaining yet another concussion, Syracuse University defensive tackle Brian Hooper braced for the news he never wanted to hear.
Syracuse team doctor Irving Raphael and team trainer Tim Neal advised Hooper and his parents that another concussion could result in permanent brain damage. This was No. 4 at Syracuse. Each was worse than the one before. It was their opinion that playing football again was too great a risk
Facing life without football

Temple football fans, frustrated by the prolonged efforts to reach a deal with the Eagles that would allow their team to play in Lincoln Financial Field, are taking it to the street.
Or, more specifically, the campus.
Wednesday at 1 p.m., a rally and news conference to support those efforts will be held at the university's Founders Garden, located next to Speakman Hall, near the intersection of Liacouras Walk and Berks Mall.
Temple holding Linc rally

With Boston College looking to break in a newcomer at quarterback -- junior Quinton Porter or junior college transfer Paul Peterson -- senior running back Derrick Knight said yesterday at BC Media Day he was more than willing to shoulder the offensive burden by establishing the running attack.
"With [Brian] St. Pierre gone and an unestablished passing game, it's going to put a lot more pressure on the run game," Knight said. "It's always been a run-first offense, but this year the run game is going to have to make a statement."
Knight looks to keep BC's run going

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