Rutgers Football fans are invited to meet and greet the Scarlet Knights coaches and players at the second annual Rutgers Football Kick-off Celebration on Friday, August 9, 2002. The event will be open to the public from 6-8pm on the practice field adjacent to the Bubble, directly across from Rutgers Stadium.
Rutgers Football Kick-off Celebration Set for August 9th
Throughout spring football practice, William Burnett heard the voice of Rutgers coach Greg Schiano in his head. It echoed each time the 6-foot-4, 285-pound defensive tackle from Asbury Park shook off the ring rust.
After sitting out all of last season due to knee surgery, he heard it plenty.
"I wasn't even supposed to be back for spring ball; the trainer said I probably wouldn't be back, but coach sat me down and talked to me. He said, 'There's no way you can just turn it on come (preseason) camp, you've got to make it back for spring ball,'" said Burnett.
Burnett makes his bid
The Scarlet Knights used the graduated Seth Stanton, 6-3 junior Ray Pilch, and even tight end L.J. Smith (who turned in a season-high 71 rushing yards against Navy) at this spot last year. Pilch may be the incumbent, but senior linebacker Mitch Davis (recruited as a running back) packed on an extra 15 pounds of muscle after being told at the start of the summer that he may play fullback. Meanwhile, freshman Brian Leonard, New York state's all-time scoring leader and a 2,400-yard rusher last season, has made it clear he wants the job.
BEST POSITION COMPETITION
Five years after he reported to his first Rutgers preseason football camp, Greg Pyszczymuka reported to his last one yesterday, joining the Knights' upperclassmen as they registered and went through physicals at the Hale Center on campus in preparation for the start of practice tomorrow.
Pyszczymuka was as enthusiastic and optimistic as he was five years ago, as convinced now as he was then that the program is headed in the right direction -- even if there's no hard evidence of that from the Knights' recent won-loss records.
Rutgers' seniors stay determined
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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It has been another off-season of change for the Temple football team, which will open summer camp today at Geasey Field.
With his squad coming off a second straight 4-7 season, one that included a 2-5 record in the Big East Conference, Owls coach Bobby Wallace has installed a 4-2-5 formation on defense and a no-huddle, spread offense that is the calling card of first-year offensive coordinator David Brock.
Temple striving to boost offense
As Bobby Wallace prepares for his fifth season as Temple's football coach, two familiar questions hover over the program that hasn't had a winning season in the last 11:
Can the Owls finally win?
If they do, will anyone care?
Temple won four games each of the last two seasons. That's an improvement over Wallace's first 2 years, when the Owls only won twice each season.
Owls improving, but will fans give a hoot?
Nobody else saw it coming, but Syracuse University head football coach Paul Pasqualoni knew he had a good squad in preseason camp. He saw the talent. He knew there was experience.
The 2001 Orangemen proved to be one of the surprise teams of college football, finishing 10-3 and ranked 14th nationally.
As the 2002 Orangemen officially open preseason practice today, Pasqualoni says the talent is there to make another run. What's missing is experience and that's an issue to be tackled over the next three weeks of practices leading up to the season opener at Brigham Young on Aug. 29.
Orange must earn respect yet again
Christian Ferrara wears a five-inch scar on the bottom side of his left forearm and a matching five-inch scar on his left bicep. The two lines are framed by pin marks, the remains of two dozen or so stitches.
The Syracuse University starting defensive tackle is confident that his torn bicep is healed and that he's ready to play for the Orangemen.
Ferrara ahead of schedule
Donald "Big Dog" Forbes: BigDog@Rutgersfootball.com