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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General Athletic Information
Terry Bynes, a sophomore linebacker on the Rutgers University football team, barely managed to drag himself out of bed yesterday morning, but somehow made it to practice.
Not only is Bynes playing with a cast on his broken left wrist, but he is also recovering from a severely bruised shin. The combination of injuries would keep most players packed in ice all day.
"I'm just pushing through it all," said Bynes, who intercepted a Ted Trump pass during the first of two sessions. "I like playing football too much to sit out."
Bynes not letting injuries keep him from practicing
Rutgers has lost its star linebacker with the departure of leading tackler Gary Brackett. But a mixture of newcomers and veterans is giving the Scarlet Knights more depth at the position than they have had in several years.
That mix has been especially helpful due to all of Rutgers nagging injuries this summer.
"Weve had our bumps and bruises," linebackers coach Mark DOnofrio said. "Ive had practices with three guys sitting out, and weve still had a good talent level out there."
Linebackers looking good
With 12 days left until its season opener vs. Buffalo (8/30), the Rutgers football team participated in one of its final double-session practices today. The team worked out at 8:20 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. today, just one day after having its lone Sunday practice cancelled due to threats of lightning.
After a day off, Coach Schiano was happy with the team's continuing progress, specifically the linebackers.
"The linebackers are a talented, deep group," said Schiano. "They are bumped up a little bit right now, but they are only going to get better and better each week. They need to keep learning, because every day is a learning experience for them. Brad Cunningham is doing a nice job and Terry Bynes is getting better. When we get Brian Bender back, that will give us a shot in the arm."
Rutgers Football Enters Final Week of Training Camp
Sam Johnson doesn't make any pretenses of humility. This isn't false modesty, nor is it some indoctrinated cliché.
Nope, when Sam Johnson says he's not wowed after being anointed one of Rutgers' most immediately significant freshmen, he basically means: he's not wowed.
"Really," said the freshman tight end out of Bergen Catholic. "I just don't think that deep."
Bergen Catholic alum catches on quick at TE
Schiano in action
Coach Greg Schiano was particularly animated with his in-practice directives Monday. In the morning, after an 11-on-11 snap, Schiano barked at secondary coach Scott Lakatos, "Scott! Scott! Durango still didn't understand the timing of that," referring to redshirt freshman free safety Bryan Durango. Later, on the far end of the field, in talking to his team, Schiano waved his hands and rose the octave in his voice several times, though his exact words were unintelligible.
Afterwards, Schiano translated.
"That was good animation," he said of the ferocity. "I was very happy - this was one of our best practices of camp."
Rutgers odds and ends
Trying to be politically friendly, a Rutgers staff member coined the name. Call them "hydration engineers," he said, nodding at the women whose daily uniform consists of gray shirts, universally unflattering red shorts, and a water bottle-carrying contraption that looks an awful lot like a fanny pack.
In the real world, "water girls" rolls off the tongue a tad easier. Good thing, because nothing about these women's jobs is easy. (Note: There are male hydration engineers too, but for whatever reason, maybe seniority, they seem to have the much cooler jobs, like snapping footballs, moving tackling dummies, and lugging equipment bags.) During practice, the women, who are trainers-in-waiting, run water to players on break and tape up sweaty injuries; after practice they help deliver carbohydrate-laden drinks; and after the after-practice, they pick up all the bottle caps the players try to throw at garbage bins.
Aditi sounds off on hydration engineers
This battle doesn't have the drama of the one at tailback, but the competition for the starting right cornerback spot has been an entertaining diversion during Rutgers camp.
With Nate Jones holding down the left cornerback spot, fifth-year senior Brandon Haw -- the incumbent -- and junior Eddie Grimes have been engaged in quite the battle on the other side of the field.
Right decision won't be easy
Coach Greg Schiano said freshman WR Orlando Kane has left the team and gone home after he failed to get through the NCAA's clearinghouse.
Schiano was limited by NCAA rules in what he could say about Kane, who is from Lawrenceville, but his situation is apparently similar to that of sophomore LB Berkeley Hutchinson last year. Hutchinson did not qualify to play last season, and was prohibited from practicing with the team. He attended school on his own, and was allowed to lift weights and attend general team meetings.
WR Kane exits due to NCAA problem
Knights in the Pros
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Around Big East
Head coach Paul Pasqualoni sees signs of improvement for his team's beleaguered defense.
The Syracuse University football team enters its second week of preseason camp with a primary mission of correcting a defense that ranked among the worst in the nation a year ago.
Orange defense taking baby steps
R.J. Anderson drops back into the pocket and completes a 12-yard slant across the middle to Johnnie Morant. He does it again. And again.
Question: Is Anderson, who completed only 43.3 percent of his passes before being benched midway through the Syracuse University football team's first losing season in 16 years, showing signs of having the kind of senior season the Orangemen must have from him if they are to prove 2002 was a fluke?
SU's Three Burning Issues
Kris Wilson is one of Pitt's fastest players and one of the few tight ends in Division I-A capable of leading his team in yards per reception.
But don't refer to Wilson as a "speed guy" because he doesn't like the stereotype that often is associated with that label in reference to a tight end.
Wilson's skills at TE not limited to speed
Linebacker Jonathan Vilma stands on the sideline, watching, encouraging and helping his Miami teammates. It's the closest he gets to the practice field.
Vilma is among the 25 or so Hurricanes who have been injured so far -- an alarming number for a team that managed to stay healthy during its 34-game winning streak and consecutive trips to the national championship game.
Hurricanes suffering from numerous injuries
Jim Unis had dreams of one day playing on a dominant Boston College defense with classmates Ricky Brown and Will Blackmon. He loved it when people from his hometown of Gloucester would come up to him and say they purchased BC season tickets to watch him play this season.
Football, which he had played since he was 7, was more than a game to Unis. It was his passion. It was the activity by which the 6-foot-5-inch, 244-pound sophomore defensive end had come to define himself.
Unis is feeling painful impact
Around the nation
Go ahead, give it a shot. Try walking into a young ballplayer's living room today with the intention of selling him that outdated gadget you've been pushing door to door, that moral compass pointing away from immediate gratification and toward the formative benefits of a four-year school.
You don't want him to go straight from the prom to the pros? You don't even think a year or two of higher learning, social adjusting and emotional maturing sufficiently prepares him for the NBA? You believe David Stern's minimum-age requirement is the best idea since Al Gore cooked up the Internet?
Fine, make your pitch. Flip open your briefcase, clear your throat, and address a few high school all-Americans who just might take that LeBron Leap into next June's draft. Seated before you are two frontcourt stars from Georgia, Dwight Howard and Josh Smith, and a 6-foot whiz kid from New York, Sebastian Telfair.
College coaches have poisoned their programs
Matt Schaub performed a magic act at the University of Virginia last season: Now you see him, now you don't, now you see him all the time. He went from starting quarterback to the bench and back to starter, where he emerged as the Atlantic Coast Conference's surprise player of the year. He won a slew of other awards in his star-making season, but this month he packed the trophies into a tote bag and handed them to his mother.
Schaub, Virginia aiming for encore
Freshman Chris Leak, just months removed from setting national high school passing records as one of the nation's top recruits, has made huge strides in fall camp and could be Florida's starting quarterback as soon as the season opener against San Jose State. He quickly has picked up the offense after months of film study. Leak even spent his savings on a trip to Gainesville to watch game tape for a week during spring break.
Southern California QB Matt Leinart, the favorite after spring practice to replace Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer, has solidified his hold on the job early in camp. Matt Cassel, Palmer's backup for much of the last two seasons, has played well in scrimmages but still is well behind Leinart. So are Purdue transfer Brandon Hance and freshman John David Booty, who has been bothered by a sore back. It now appears that Booty, who graduated a year early from high school to enroll at USC, will redshirt.
Freshman Leak could be Florida starter
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