Brian Duffy said he was on the Point Pleasant boardwalk earlier this summer, and someone asked him if he was a tight end.
That's a flattering question when you're a 320-pound offensive lineman. The Rutgers red-shirt senior from Brick has put on 30 pounds since last season, and it couldn't be more evenly distributed on his V-shaped, 6-foot-5 frame.
Rutgers' Duffy beefs up to anchor O-line
The first play Rutgers ran Saturday morning was a simple play action pass. For Mitch Davis. Who tried to catch the ball with his helmet.
"That's only because somebody poked me in the eye," Davis protested with a laugh, before adding, "not to have excuses or anything."
Davis catching on to switch
After winning the starting kicker's job during last year's preseason camp, Ryan Sands doesn't seem to have any true challengers this season.
The junior sent several long kicks through the uprights Sunday and seems to have increased his range. Freshmen Michael Cortese and Justin Musiek both came in with impressive legs - Cortese having converted on a 53-yarder in high school - but neither has particularly impressed yet.
Kicker fends off frosh challengers
After spending last season patching together an offensive line from week to week with whatever healthy bodies were available, Rutgers has two-deep depth this year. A concussion that kept starting RT Mike Williamson out of practice yesterday (Howard Blackwood worked with the first team in his place) has been the only real disruption to the unit. Williamson, RG Brian Duffy, C Marty Pyszcymuka, LG Rich McManis and LT Trohn Carswell continue to be the starters. The backups: Blackwood at RT, RG Rob Dinsmore, C Mike Esposito, LG Mike Clancy and LT Sameeh McDonald.
The day in camp
There's a chance the numbers that Tres Moses put up last year -- 13 catches for 159 yards and one TD -- will someday wind up being just a very good game for Rutgers' talented wide receiver. That's the type of impact player the Delray Beach, Fla., native was touted as being when he arrived in New Jersey last summer.
But if there's any disillusionment that he didn't make a big splash the first 11 games of his college career, it's not coming from the 5-10, 190-pound Moses.
Experience teaches Moses 2nd year will be better
On Friday, August 9th, I had the opportunity to attend the Rutgers Football Kick-Off Celebration. In addition to the Rutgers football players, there were a number of the Rutgers prospects .
Rutgers Football Kick-Off Celebration
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