John Glass couldn't help but break into a smile every now and then as he studied the faces of his new teammates when he reported to Rutgers on Monday along with the team's freshmen. He knew exactly what they were going through, most of them still 18 or 19, the majority having been accompanied by their parents as they were dropped off at the Hale Center.
"They're a little nervous because they don't know what to expect. They're trying not to act it, but they are," Glass said.
Glass' first year was 3 years in making
Even though Clark Harris has caught everything thrown his way during the two days of double sessions for Rutgers' first-year players, the lanky 6-6, 220-pounder from Manahawkin knows the reality of his situation. Upperclassmen report today and begin practicing on Saturday, and that means Harris, as impressive as he has been so far, will probably get lost in the shuffle.
Because as promising a tight end prospect as Harris is, he's competing for time at one of the deepest positions on the team.
Harris knows his time will come
The way Rutgers quarterback Anthony Cali sees it, there are two practices you especially need to get through in impressive fashion as a collegiate freshman -- the first one, which was Monday, and the first one with the veterans, coming up this Saturday.
"You've just got to adjust on the fly," said Cali, one of three rookie QBs along with Ryan Hart and walk-on Brian Boland trying to make good first impressions at the Scarlet Knights preseason camp.
Schiano watching young quarterbacks
Head coach Greg Schiano said he wants to gather all the facts before deciding if or how to discipline his four players who were 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.
Rutgers training camp notebook
Mike Fasano had an one-on-one question and answer session with Mike Fladell, Rutgers latest commitment. The article is non-premium.
More on Mike Fladell
Donald "Big Dog" Forbes attended practice yesterday and provided some comments on some of the players. The article is non-premium.
Freshmen Practice Observaton, August 7th
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Dan Klecko welcomes all of the comparisons to his famous father.
Klecko, a senior defensive lineman at Temple, is the son of former NFL Pro Bowl defensive lineman Joe Klecko. And to those who watch Owls games, the younger Klecko's style of play looks awfully familiar.
"My whole game is modeled after him," Klecko said of his father, who also starred at Temple. "I have good techniques. I've learned things from my father, things that NFL guys use."
Klecko following in father's footsteps
The Miami Hurricanes lost a second recruit from this year's freshman class Wednesday when wide receiver Darnell Jenkins was declared academically ineligible.
Coach Larry Coker said Jenkins plans to enroll at Miami in January. Coker declined to address the specific problem that prevented the 5-foot-11 wideout from playing this fall.
Jenkins, who caught 62 passes for 720 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior at Miami Central High last year, was one of four players who did not report Tuesday because of academic problems.
The other three -- Parade All-American running back Devin Hester, defensive back Terrell Walden and defensive lineman Alton Wright, a junior college transfer -- still have not been admitted to the university
Miami recruit ruled academically ineligible
Around the Nation
There will be 13 new head coaches roaming the sidelines this season. Is there a Ralph Friedgen or Larry Coker in this bunch? Can Mark Mangino turn around Kansas or Ron Zook lead the Gators to a national title? ESPN.com looks at the tough job facing this year's freshman coaching class:
Who will be lucky in the 13-member class?
Donald "Big Dog" Forbes: BigDog@Rutgersfootball.com