Rutgers Picked Fourth in Preseason Poll

The Rutgers University football team was picked to finish fourth in the eight-team BIG EAST football conference, as announced today during the league's annual media day held at the Marriott in Newport, RI.

At the event, head coach Greg Schiano and seniors Willie Foster, Clark Harris, Brian Leonard, Ramel Meekins and Shawn Tucker addressed members of the media about the upcoming season.

"We're excited about where we are. We are a young football team--58 of 85 scholarship players have three or four years of eligibility left," said Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano. "I'd be concerned if it wasn't for our senior class. They're very good players and are very strong leaders."

Rutgers will open its 2006 home season against Illinois on Sept. 9, which is the first of three consecutive home games. The Scarlet Knights will then host Ohio (Sept. 16) and Howard (Sept. 23). Rutgers will host BIG EAST foe Connecticut on Sunday, Oct. 29. The Scarlet Knights round out their home schedule with a Thursday night Nov. 9 contest vs. Louisville and the home finale vs. Syracuse (Nov. 25).

2006 BIG EAST FOOTBALL PRESEASON MEDIA POLL

Rank Team Pts.
1. West Virginia (18) 186
2. Louisville (6) 172
3. Pittsburgh 127
4. Rutgers 125
5. USF 97
6. Connecticut 80
7. Cincinnati 41
8. Syracuse 36

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