Out on the island at left cornerback, Rutgers freshman Dondre Asberry made the kind of play that has his coaches thinking he may see playing time this season.
As quarterback Ryan Cubit dropped back in the pocket, Asberry passed off his wide receiver to the safeties inside, refusing to bite at the decoy run. He held his ground and used a quick burst to smack tight end Brian Boehrer just as the ball arrived in the right flat for a successful break-up.
All the right ingredients were there field sense, closing speed, hitting ability.
Schiano trains eye on freshman CB
The hope was that one of Rutgers' tailback candidates would have separated himself from the pack by now to finally end the uncertainty at the position.
The hype was that it would be sophomore Clarence Pittman.
But as the Knights head into their first scrimmage of preseason camp this afternoon, the tailback spot -- the biggest question facing this offense -- remains unclaimed.
Rutgers' Pittman hasn't broken away from Jones, Facyson
The buzz: The battle for starting positions gets ratcheted up a notch with the first scrimmage of the preseason this afternoon at Rutgers Stadium. Asked if the scrimmage -- which is closed to the public -- will affect the two-deep, head coach Greg Schiano said "for some positions absolutely." Fullback and tailback are two of the spots that remain up for grabs. The rest of the battles appear to be mostly for backup roles, since Schiano hasn't budged at all from the starting lineups he entered camp with.
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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A flu-like illness sidelined 19 Virginia Tech players Thursday, forcing the Hokies to cancel their morning and afternoon practices.
"We're going to try and take 24 hours and stay away from each other,'' head coach Frank Beamer said. "We're not going to get anything done with half our team missing and the other half feeling bad.''
Beamer, in his 16th season as the Hokies' head coach, added that this is the first time he has had to cancel practice because of sickness.
Flu-like illness forces Virginia Tech to take a break
Louis Gachelin said the bar hovering over his chest contorted into an unexpected shape.
"It looked like a U," he said.
That's what happens when there are 555 pounds of weighted discs attached to a 45-pound metal bar.
Gachelin raises the bar
University of Miami linebacker Howard Clark has been an on-again, off-again starter.
The 6-foot-1, 227-pound senior started two seasons ago before losing his spot to the late Chris Campbell, who died in February in a car accident.
Last season, Clark dealt with a variety of injuries during UM's championship run. Ironically, it was an injury to Campbell that enabled him to start in the Rose Bowl and play what coach Larry Coker described as a "flawless" game against Nebraska.
Linebacker job is Clark's
Ken Dorsey ordered the wine. Over pasta, salad and a rich dessert in a quiet Fort Lauderdale restaurant, he and roommate Brett Romberg began to pour out more than the Merlot.
"Get the red," said Romberg, "It will get the blood flowing."
No need. No. 1 Miami already has its motivation in trying to become the second team in 22 years to repeat as national champions. It's a motivation that is not different from other seasons, except that these days the Hurricanes have more than their weaponry to back up
Miami good enough to repeat, rile enemies
Cornerback Torrie Cox would rather go through grueling three-a-days at Pitt training camp than have a root canal. And he should know.
Cox skipped Tuesday's practices to have the procedure on a molar. Although he had a note from the dentist recommending he sit out the day's final workout, Cox wanted to practice.
"I'm here to play football and get an education," he said yesterday. "When school is not in and football is not going, I'm just a sad person. I'm boring. Football is the only thing that's in right now, so this is what I want to do."
Panthers cornerback always ready to play
Donald "Big Dog" Forbes: BigDog@Rutgersfootball.com