The Last Picture Show - the Finale
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The Last Picture Show - the Finale
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Ryan Hart, Rutgers University's starting quarterback, has been given good reason to trust his tight ends lately.
"I'm comfortable with them because pretty much everything I throw, they'll catch," said Hart, a sophomore who has played in just seven games. "I'm very comfortable throwing to Clark Harris and Ray Pilch -- and throwing that first touchdown pass to Sam Johnson was nice."
In two games this season -- a home win over Buffalo and a loss at Michigan State -- Hart has thrown seven of his 35 completions to Rutgers' talented group of tight ends. Harris, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound sophomore, leads the position with five catches for 59 yards.
Tight ends play important role
The play was a simple 2-yard pass into the flat, a little flare from quarterback Ryan Hart to fullback Brian Leonard. But Leonard turned it into the longest reception by a Rutgers player in two years, breaking two Michigan State tackles and barreling down the sidelines for a 72-yard gain.
"Those are just individuals making big-time plays," coach Greg Schiano said, also referring to sophomore receiver Shawn Tuckers 65-yard touchdown catch. "And those individuals will continue to make those plays and thats what I look forward to. Hopefully Brian will be catching that same pass in 2006."
Versatile Leonard provides options in RU backfield
Greg Schiano cut off the hypothetical at "Let's say..."
A horrified look crossed his offensive coordinator's face right at "best chance."
"Ohh - don't do that," Craig Ver Steeg said. "I can't say that."
Well, maybe he can't. And maybe Schiano can't, either. But everybody else can. A year ago, before Ver Steeg was offensive coordinator, Rutgers romped its way to a 44-0 win over Army. Now, under Ver Steeg's tutelage, this offense is much improved. This entire Scarlet Knights team is much improved. And with Army up again this weekend, this could be Rutgers' best chance to give its inexperienced players some field time, especially at quarterback.
Face time for new QBs?
Atoning to Jones
The roster was decimated, the talent was minimal, and when Greg Schiano first came to campus he was forced to play a lot of players he now insists weren't ready. He's trying to make amends for that, with at least one player.
Schiano said Wednesday that he would make every effort to let junior tailback Marcus Jones redshirt this year. He was the team's leading rusher as a freshman, but was relegated to fourth string a year ago and has not burst off the scout team, if only because of an influx of talent.
Rutgers odds and ends
When Clark Harris looks at the people who have preceded him at the position he plays and those he's now competing with, he can't help but reach the same conclusion that all tight ends seem to reach at Rutgers these days.
"The bar is set pretty high now," the redshirt freshman said.
They're running a tight ship
Even with the long-term zillion-dollar contracts affording assurances of lifelong luxury to the Jon Runyans and Tra Thomases of the world, being an offensive lineman never is easy. Even when every NFL team is looking for strong giants who might keep their franchise quarterbacks healthy, and are willing to pay outlandish wages to anyone who can take on the job, you better find a thick-skinned candidate in your search for that individual.
RU linemen ready for Army
Knights in the Pros
No. 15-ranked St. John's scored twice in the first 12 minutes en route to a 3-1 victory over No. 8 Rutgers Wednesday night at Belson Stadium.
The win, St. John's second straight over the Scarlet Knights, handed Rutgers (2-1) its first defeat this season and evened the Red Storm's record to 2-2.
St. John's midfielder Simone Salinno opened the scoring in the ninth minute with a header from the far post off a free kick. The Red Storm were on the attack again less than three minutes later, with Matt Groenwald recording an unassisted goal in the 12th minute.
St. John's puts stop to Rutgers' streak
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Phil Trautwein can't decide which was more exhausting, preseason football practice at Eastern High or meeting with college recruiters last May.
May is the one month recruiters can conduct in-person visits with high school seniors-to-be, according to NCAA rules. Coaches also can make one phone call to recruits during that month.
The big bodies are everywhere
Camden Catholic's Quran Barge can enter the season with one fewer worry than most of his opponents. A senior running back/linebacker, Barge already has received scholarship offers from six schools: Nebraska, Iowa, Purdue, Syracuse, Rutgers and Michigan.
At 6-foot and 203 pounds, Barge said that schools are recruiting him to be a strong safety. If anybody expects Barge to feel more secure and complacent because he already has offers in hand, they should think again.
Camden Catholic's Barge is staying focused on football
When Tom Brown talks about Hugh D'Imperio as a tight end, he talks about the complete package.
D'Imperio stands 6-foot-4½, weighs 235 pounds, and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds.
"You start with the physical traits and combine that with his aggressiveness and that's a pretty good football player," said Brown, the longtime football coach at Washington Township.
Minutemen's D'Imperio a big favorite
Around Big East
His confidence was sacked. His self-esteem was wounded. R.J. Anderson had it all and lost it all in a public and painful fall from grace last season that saw the Syracuse quarterback go from celebrated starter to unhappy backup.
Yet in the long winter and summer since he last played a meaningful snap, Anderson rediscovered his ability to lead, to make plays, to be decisive. He restored his confidence, even before he led the Orangemen to victory over North Carolina on Saturday.
New R.J. arrives for 2003
Ball State is viewed by many as an easy victory for the No. 11 Pitt Panthers. The Cardinals are 31-point underdogs and are coming off a 35-7 drubbing at the hands of Missouri.
But Pitt athletic director Jeff Long knows better.
Actually, he knows the Cardinals' first-year coach, Brady Hoke, better and said that if the Cardinals are anything like their coach, the Panthers are in for a struggle.
Long says his old friend is a natural to coach Ball State
Plenty of people are calling for changes to the NFL's "sudden-death" overtime system. The chief complaint is that the team that gets the ball first usually wins, so there is far too much riding on the coin flip.
One suggestion was that the NFL adopt a system similar to the college format, where the teams alternate possessions starting at the 25-yard line. Critics say it is a gimmick much like a shootout in soccer or hockey because it is, basically, just a red-zone drill.
Overtime veteran Pasqualoni likes format as it is
When the Temple football team returned to the practice field Tuesday, about 48 hours had passed since the Owls' upset loss to Villanova in their home debut at Lincoln Financial Field.
With an open date this weekend, and a game to get ready for at Cincinnati on Sept. 20, the Temple players were understandably reluctant to look back on Saturday's loss.
Somber Owls regroup after hard loss at Linc
Around the nation
Maurice Clarett won't play college football this year at Ohio State or anywhere else. Ohio State suspended the star running back for the season Wednesday for accepting "thousands of dollars" in illicit extra benefits and lying to investigators, findings that would follow him to any school if he decides to transfer. The violations also tarnish Ohio State's national championships and cloud the future of one of the nation's most talented running backs.
Clarett suspended for 2003 season for 16 NCAA violations
The nine athletic directors from the Atlantic Coast Conference met for five hours Wednesday to discuss scheduling in basketball and football in an expanded 11-team league.
There was no formal vote taken on any scheduling proposal, ACC officials said.
Athletic directors from Miami and Virginia Tech, two schools that will enter the ACC in 2004, were not present at the meeting in Greensboro.
ACC ADs discuss expanded schedules
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