Like all the freshmen participating in practice this week for the Rutgers University football team, running back Jason Nugent is expecting a difficult adjustment from life as he knew it in high school.
Unlike the rest of the newcomers, Nugent is expecting a tougher adjustment from life as he knew it on the football field.
Theres a big difference between American football and Canadian football, said Nugent, a native of Toronto.
Rutgers recruit faces tough adjustment
Freshman Markis Facyson says he has no problem with the unique designation of "running back/athlete" that Rutgers has assigned him on the team's official roster. After all, it shows he not only has a position but endless possibilities as well.
"Wherever they want to put me they can, even if it's on the offensive or defensive line," said the 18-year-old from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. "I've never played anywhere but running back, but I'm always willing to try something if I can contribute to the team."
Versatility helps Facyson
Val Barnaby, a freshman defensive end from Franklin, did not dress on the first day of practice for the Rutgers University football team because of what coach Greg Schiano called, "an administrative thing."
"It's by no fault of his own," Schiano said. "We'll know more by the end of the week, but we fully expect him to play."
Barnaby doesn't dress on first day of camp
The four Rutgers players charged with obstruction of justice and disorderly conduct for their roles in an incident in New Brunswick on July 28 in which street signs were bent and removed had their court date rescheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 5:30 p.m.
Court hearing for 4 postponed until September.
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There have been some interesting pieces of property unloaded through the years by freshmen football players checking into their training camp residences at Syracuse University.
Director of athletic communications Sue Edson still chuckles over the full set of dumbbells that tumbled out of the poor, overloaded vehicle driven by linebacker Clifton Smith.
On Friday, freshman quarterback Perry Patterson placed a pair of black sneakers on the trunk of his car. Each shoe was fitted with a large platform disc under the toes. Patterson called them strength shoes. They're sometimes used by basketball players and are also called "jump shoes." Patterson, who is not planning to use them in practice, said the discs help isolate his calf muscles and build up their power.
Freshman QB tries to get up to speed
Former Suncoast High standout Devin Hester, one of the nation's top football recruits this year, did not show up on campus Tuesday when Miami's incoming freshmen reported to the team.
Hester, who UM coaches plan to play this year at receiver, tailback or cornerback, has not been cleared academically by the NCAA to attend UM. Three other members of UM's 2002 recruiting class -- receiver Darnell Jenkins, defensive back Terrell Walden and defensive lineman Alton Wright -- also have not been cleared. Walden also was expected to play this season.
Hester a no-show at Miami
Ryan Glasper, a 6-foot-1-inch, 195-pound senior from Southington, Conn., last night verbally committed to play for Boston College's football team.
Glasper, who is projected as a safety at BC, has been a versatile performer in his high school career, first earning a letter as a sophomore running back. He was converted to wide receiver his junior season and earned first-team all-state
honors after making 49 catches for 900 yards.
Conn. star commits to Eagles
Donald "Big Dog" Forbes: BigDog@Rutgersfootball.com