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I caught the Saturday afternoon practice for my first practice of the year.

Last year when I saw Schiano's first team the thing that stood out was the fact that the players were simply in better shape than Terry Shea's teams had been. Plain and simply they had more muscle and looked more like a division 1A football team. This year's edition had that look but they had more. This year they had speed.
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Ask any of the Rutgers coaches what they felt the biggest obstacle was to Chris Baker becoming an impact player at wide receiver and they all seemed to agree on one point. It had nothing to do with Baker's ability, since he's one of the best athletes on the team. Or his size -- at 6-5, 200, he has that Randy Moss look to him. Or even his ability to grasp the nuances of the position, since he never played it before in his life. Instead, it was getting Baker to believe in his heart and mind that his future was at wide receiver and not at quarterback, where he'd played his entire life until the spring. Finally, Baker believes.
Rutgers football: Baker ready to receive

Last year, Will Burnett spent his winter break alone in the exercise room at Rutgers. The only things that spoke to him were the silent screams of his own ligaments, tendons and muscles. Sometimes he would ask himself, "Why I am doing this?" but mostly he would look up at the ceiling and think, "I never noticed that dent over the Stim Machine. Must be new."
Izenberg: Burnett's long journey to making things right

Wilson and Brown were All-State selections out of high school. The mainstay of a Hackensack defense that recorded seven shutouts, Brown had 87 tackles and six sacks as a senior. Wilson played receiver and tailback, and returned punts and kickoffs, amassing 1,578 yards and 16 touchdowns.
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PISCATAWAY - Val Barnaby finally got to change clothes. Wearing bright yellow shorts to offset his disconsolate expression, Rutgers' freshman defensive end spent the first five practices on the sidelines. Projected as an immediate contributor, the 6-foot-5, 260-pounder instead had to wait for the NCAA Clearinghouse to certify him. From the start, coach Greg Schiano said the trouble was over semantics, and by lunchtime Saturday, Barnaby had been declared a full qualifier.
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PISCATAWAY -- Val Barnaby said the frustration finally got to him last Monday -- the first day of freshman preseason camp -- when he found himself on the sidelines once again, still waiting to become an official member of the Rutgers football team.
This time, 6-foot-5, 265-pound defensive end from Franklin High School was waiting on word from the NCAA Clearinghouse, which finally cleared him to play yesterday after a re-examination of his high school transcripts.
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It's obvious through his first two recruiting classes that Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano loves recruiting players from Florida.
Of the 43 scholarship players Schiano brought in, 18 are from the Sunshine state. The intangible he loves most, of course, is speed, and Florida has an abundance of fast athletes.
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Baseball - Brownlie to return to Rutgers?

Bobby Brownlie is playing the waiting game -- with his arm and the Chicago Cubs. Since he was taken by the Cubs in the first round of the baseball's amateur draft in June, the Rutgers pitcher has tried to stay relaxed -- about his shoulder and his contract.
Sunday Q&A: Brownlie may return to Rutgers


Women's Basketball

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Former Rutgers women's basketball standouts Tammy Sutton-Brown ('01) and Sue Wicks ('88) will square off for the final time this WNBA regular season Sunday, Aug. 11, when Sutton-Brown's Charlotte Sting visit Wicks' New York Liberty at 4:00 p.m. (TV – MSG). Sutton-Brown, who helped lead her team to the WNBA Finals as a rookie last season and was selected as a WNBA All-Star this summer, ranks fifth in the league in field-goal percentage (.542), seventh in free throws attempted (163), ninth in blocks (33), 13th in offensive rebounds (2.4 rpg) and in 17th in overall rebounding (6.1 rpg). The 6-4 center is also second for the Sting with a 12.1 points-per-game average.
Former Scarlet Knights to Square Off in WNBA Tilt


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