What it means is that the Scarlet Knights will finally get the benefit of a full season from McManis on their fortified offensive line. His ability has never been an issue since coming to Rutgers. Former coach Terry Shea and now Greg Schiano have spoken in glowing terms about McManis' promise. But getting him onto the field hasn't been easy.
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PISCATAWAY - Senior wideout Aaron Martin was quietly speaking to someone when Nate Jones walked by, looked back over his shoulder, and then called out, "You know who always stops you. You tell them Nate Jones has your number."
Corner drawing attention
PISCATAWAY - Coach Greg Schiano may have shaken up things by sending his players to the showers early during Monday's afternoon practice, but for the most part, this year's camp has been pretty tame. Last year, camp dinners included nightly talent performances from the rookies. Senior tight end L.J. Smith said few of the shows were worth remembering, other than offensive lineman Mark Segaloff's shirtless dance. "There was a lot of jiggling," Smith said, laughing. Still, Smith said this camp - Schiano's second at Rutgers - hasn't given rise to anything like that. There haven't even been any major rumbles, Smith said, even though last year's biggest instigator - defensive end Raheem Orr — is back.
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The newest addition to Rutgers' coaching staff, Darren Rizzi's passion has become clear in the six months he's been here. At 32, Rizzi is two months shy of being the youngest member of coach Greg Schiano's staff. Yet, his title - special teams coordinator and running backs coach - and his experience - three years as a college head coach - mark him as a coach on the fast track.
Bringing his lifelone passion home
"Hopefully I'll grow a couple inches and put a solid 20 pounds on," said Giacobbe. "Coming up to this level is pretty much like learning how to play football all over again. In high school, I played D-line but nothing like this. In high school it's more like, 'Just make a play.' But here, they'll be more happy if you just focus on your job and trust your teammates to be there to make the play.
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Last season, Jones was one of three in a committee of running backs, along with then-seniors Dennis Thomas and Ravon Anderson. Jones led the team with 101 carries, amassed 327 yards and one touchdown -- including 105 yards against West Virginia -- and also caught six passes for 48 yards. With Thomas and Anderson both departing, the former Florida high school standout seemed poised to take over the role of feature back. But as spring practice progressed Jones got lost in the shuffle, somewhere between the excitement generated by coach Greg Schiano's second recruiting class and the exploits of fellow sophomore Clarence Pittman, who sat out last season as a partial academic qualifier.
PISCATAWAY - The Rutgers women's lacrosse team will be led by one of its own, as Laura Brand returns to coach the Scarlet Knights. A four-year starter at Rutgers, Brand graduated in 1999. During her season season, the Scarlet Knights garnered their first national ranking and NCAA Tournament berth. Brand was the head coach of Fairfield, where she led the Stags to a 10-7 mark.
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