Rutgers Football Players Check In

"I think it's exciting. Certainly there are heightened expectations to do something. I think, that for our team, the success you achieve is the beginning of your next challenge - that's what we see this as. What we did last year was only a stop. The ultimate destination, we're far from it," stated Rutgers Head Football Coach Greg Schiano during the official day of the Scarlet Knights check-in.

Ray Rice checked in at a chiseled 195-pounds last year.  This year, the now penciled-in starter, comes in at an even more chiseled 200-pounds.

Mike Teel, ready and willing to take command of the offense, has continued to work and train during the offseason.

Jesse Cisco, one of the Scarlet Knights' true Freshmen, will give the RU staff more options due to his versatility.

Ramel Meekins, on the Outland Trophy Watch List (awarded to the best offensive or defensive lineman in college football) honoree looked ready to get out on the field a day early.

Derrick Roberson, after some quality time in the gym during this offseason, could double as a WWE performer in his spare time.

It will be Roberson's time to shine and lead by example in what is now his upcoming Senior year.

[Note:  The following images were taken June 26th but are being re-published here for those that did not have an opportunity to see them]

Looking toward the outside, from the inside of the newly refurbished first floor of the Hale Center.  The state of the art facility now includes several plaques and trophies honoring last year's Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team, past RU football players, and much more.  If you haven't seen the new additions, a trip to Piscataway is worth it for this view alone.

One of several new aesthetic montages honoring the 2005 Rutgers Football team, including sights from the first ever Rutgers Bowl trip outside of its state boundaries.

Ever wonder what Knights have played in the pros? No need to wonder any longer.  This gorgeous new addition provides a team by team listing of all of RU's Loyal Sons in the professional ranks, including Super Bowl Championships, honors/awards, and more.

Runner-up trophy from the Insight Bowl of 2005 played between Rutgers and Arizona State. The setup includes a game ticket signed by Rutgers Football Head Coach Greg Schiano, a pair of game balls, an RU helmet, and the trophy awarded to Rutgers Football.

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