Former Player Perspective: Ohio Game

As a new feature, SOR has asked a number of former players to provide their written commentary on each of the Rutgers games. This commentary is meant to give the readers of SOR a view of the game from a former player's perspective. This week it is Former Tight End Jason Curry.

Hello RU fans my name is Jason Curry. I played tight end at RU from 1992-1997. I was recruited out of Montclair High School by Doug Graber, for whom I played four seasons under; my senior year was Terry Shea's inaugural season on the banks. After graduating from RU, I attended New York Law School. Currently, I am a Public Defender for the State of New Jersey.

Game Recap


The game against Ohio University gave RU the opportunity to start out with a 3-0 start. From the beginning you could sense the excitement from all the fans who attended the game. Unfortunately, the game did not start off the way we all expected when Mike Teel threw a very bad interception on RU's first offensive possession of the game. The defense without much room to work with gave up a quick touch down to Ohio. After Ohio scored what would turn out to be their only points of the game, Ray Rice and the RU O-line began to take control of the trenches. The guys up front led by Stapleton, Sosa, and Zuttah did a tremendous job of opening up holes for Rice. Although, the running game is working well with Rice leading the charge, I would like to see Brian Leonard have an opportunity to get involved a little more often as a runner as opposed to serving as the lead blocker for Rice and catching the occasional ball out of the backfield. Hopefully, as the season progresses we will be able to see Jack Corcoran lead blocking for Leonard. Moreover, the rest of the first half was dominated by the defense and the special teams, with both units showing flashes of brilliance. Ron Girault, the talented safety had a great day with an interception and a blocked field goal attempt. One particular thing that I found interesting was the speed of the punt block/return team, of which there is a tremendous amount of. All you have to do is look on the field and see Tim Brown, Kordell Young, Manny Collins and James Townsend on the field and you understand why that unit has been dominant.


The second half was uneventful in terms of offensive production, however, the defense continued to dominate. Players such as Eric Foster, Meekins and Courtney Green did not give Ohio a chance to get back into the game.


Overall any RU fan can't help but be excited about how RU has played up to this point in the season. If Teel and his very talented group of receivers begin to get hot, I believe that RU will be in the running for the Big East championship and a birth in the BCS.

Go RU!

Jason Curry

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