Nate Leonard jokes about feeling a little conflicted.
The former Rutgers linebacker suffered a career-ending knee injury last season, and now hes back with the team as an assistant linebackers coach. The thing is, the players hes working with are going after his kid brother.
Good thing for him that Brian is no easy target at fullback.
Leonard proving he can carry the load
Ask nearly any Rutgers position coach what the biggest difference between last year's fall camp and this season's, and they will say depth.
In coach Greg Schiano's second year and with his second recruiting class, the crop of athletes has grown in number and talent, leaving Schiano and his staff with a problem that other major colleges consider a rite of passage: who to redshirt.
For most newcomers, the difference in speed and size is the biggest step from high school to college. Couple such a dramatic jump with a playbook that would make most dictionaries envious, and it is understandable why so few true freshman excel.
Redshirting now a science at Rutgers
"One thing," Greg Schiano stated to a roomful of reporters last week, "you guys ought to know by now is that we never stop recruiting."
In essence, the Rutgers head coach was admitting that, yes, he and his staff may have their faults, they may make the wrong call every now and then, they may be too aggressive at times and not enough at others, and they may have underestimated just how tough it would be to build something in the Big East.
But, while that's all well and good -- er, bad -- just don't ever think for one minute that they will give up in attempting to improve the talent base of the state university's football program.
Bender is a 'backer who could make a difference at RU
When the Rutgers media guide came in this summer, Mike Barr did the obligatory flip-through. Until he saw a full-page picture of himself. Then he started running up and down the hallway by the coaches' offices, pointing to his page and kicking the air.
This is the Scarlet Knight who may have the best shot at the NFL next season.
Such is the life of a punter.
Barr won't punt on work
Raheem Orr was taken by ambulance to St. Peter's Medical Center after the morning session Wednesday.
The senior defensive end appeared to get through practice fine, but began feeling sick during the short bus trip from the practice fields to the Hale Center. He was kept at the hospital for observation through the afternoon, but was expected back on campus for the team's nightly meetings.
Coach Greg Schiano said Orr's maladies appeared to be heat-related, but he didn't consider them serious.
Stifling heat gets to two Knights
Yes, for the first time in camp coach Greg Schiano gave the thumb's up for full pads and watched as his defense took the offensive players all the way down to the ground during yesterday's morning session. A punishing hit by senior defensive back Brandon Haw on senior fullback Mitchell Davis and an interception by freshman defensive back Leslie Collins from freshman quarterback Anthony Cali highlighted the action. The verdict? The defense won this one. In the second session at 3:30, however, the coaches were pleased when the offense stepped up to combat the good defense, Schiano said.
The day at camp
J'vonne Parker said the idea of finally returning home has been bouncing around in his head for a while now. So even though the bulky defensive tackle appeared to be on the verge of a breakthrough season at Division I-AA Howard University in Washington, D.C., he knew he needed to act soon if he wanted to turn the thought into a reality.
Yesterday, the 6-foot-5, 325-pound Newark native did just that, confirming that he has transferred to Rutgers after Howard head coach Rayford T. Petty announced at the school's football media day that Parker had left the program after being granted a release.
Parker leaves Howard to play for Rutgers
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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Penn Charter's Matt Ryan, considered one of the region's top quarterbacks, has made an oral commitment to Boston College.
Ryan made an unofficial visit to the school last week, then told the Boston College coaching staff of his decision.
According to NCAA rules, he cannot sign a letter of intent until Feb. 5. Ryan said he chose Boston College, which competes in the Big East Conference, over his other finalist, Iowa.
Penn Charter star chooses BC
Donald "Big Dog" Forbes: BigDog@Rutgersfootball.com