Truth be told, Pilch didn't arrive at Rutgers with any football credentials whatsoever. He played exactly one year of football at Piscataway High, doing so as a senior to put an end to the constant nagging from his friends about coming out for the team, and wound up as a starting linebacker by midseason. Off that year, he earned exactly one postseason award, picking up conference All-Academic honors.
Rutgers: Pilch comes to play with few credentials
The buzz: Three officials equipped with yellow flags monitored yesterday's practice and will be fixtures at camp from here on in, head coach Greg Schiano said. "One of our points of emphasis is that we have to play good, sound football and not beat ourselves," Schiano said. "Penalties are part of that. Penalties and turnovers are two things you can control, so we're trying to get that fixed."
Rutgers: The day in camp
PISCATAWAY - On a night when the first team's passing attack couldn't qualify as even a poke, the much more assaulting running backs actually frustrated more. None of these dogs want to bite. Sophomores Marcus Jones and Clarence Pittman and freshman Markis Facyson combined for 97 yards on 27 carries (3.6 yards per carry) as the Scarlet Knights scrimmaged for the first time Friday night. Each showed flashes of promise, but none seemed particularly interested in securing the starting spot.
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NOTES: Speedy freshman wideout Frederick Robinson, who left camp after only four days due to family concerns at home in Florida, said yesterday he's "75 percent sure" he'll return to the team. "Coach Schiano said I can come up any time before classes start," Robinson said. . . . For the third time of the preseason, Rutgers had referees at practice, and they will come out for the remaining four days. "Penalties and turnovers are the two things you can control, and we're working like the dickens to get that fixed," said Schiano. . . . Sophomore DT Davon Clark left practice early yesterday to focus on academics. . . . Freshman placekicker Justin Musiek nailed a 44-yard field goal yesterday. . . . Schiano calls the battle for starting fullback "neck and neck" between Ray Pilch and Mitch Davis, and expects both to play regularly.
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Redshirt freshman linebacker Ishmael Medley made a diving interception on a Ted Trump pass that was popped high into the air on a solid hit by cornerback Vaughn Calhoun on Jerry Andre.
Rutgers Training Camp Report - Courier News
At his core Melvin has always been a college coach. He was a two-time Division II All-American defensive lineman at Eastern Illinois, where he returned as the defensive line coach in 1988 after six years coaching high school. He took subsequent jobs at Wyoming and Purdue before hooking on with the Patriots in 2000.
Football Recruiting - Top Florida DB likes Rutgers
On why he likes Rutgers?
"They are a young team, they are in the building stage. Also, I played ball with Marcus Jones and he is a friend of mine, he likes it there. I talked to the Coach Schiano and I liked him also."
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Talk about it on the Bulletin Boards:
On the first scimmage:
It should be more and more obvious from info leaking out of scrimmages that the offense appears as impotent as ever. And that is against a defense (I know all about how much better they are!)that hasn't proven in a game situation it can stop anyone. Loyalists have reason to be concerned. The recruiting joys are over. It's time to play some football. Is RU ready?
On the Nate Robinson article:
Big Dog's article on Nate (we are his leader) left me dizzy. YOU GUYS ROCK!
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