The first Rutgers Touchdown Club meeting will be Thursday night
September 5th at 7pm at the Hale Center. Doors open at 6pm. The Event is open to all Touchdown Club members. If you are not a member you can join that night. Looking forward to a great first meeting and a successful 2002 season.
Five starters on the Rutgers offense remained sidelined with injuries Wednesday night, including the top three receivers. But that didnt stop the first stringers from marching for a touchdown and a field goal in its first three possessions in the second intrasquad football scrimmage of the preseason.
Quarterback Ryan Cubit threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to fullback Ray Pilch out of the backfield before taking the offense 32 yards to set up a 38-yard field goal by Ryan Sands.
Offense looks good at intrasquad scrimmage
With each of Rutgers' first three games being home games and night starts, the scrimmage began at 7 p.m., with the coaches on the sidelines and in the upstairs booths, and officials hired to monitor the game.
Most importantly, unlike last week's first scrimmage, this time the team responded like it was ready to play.
An offense that struggled mightily during the first scrimmage showed big-play capability during this one. Although it still struggled and managed only a field goal against the first-team defense, the offense produced two touchdowns and three field goals and shed many of the mental mistakes and dropped balls that brought Schiano to a boil after the first exercise.
WE IMPROVED: Knights look sharper in second scrimmage
It was supposed to be one of the better competitions of camp.
Wednesday night, Ray Pilch all but ended the fullback contest.
The former walk-on in the first year of his scholarship caught three passes out of the backfield for 68 yards. He had the night's longest play, a short pass up the middle that he turned into a 51-yard touchdown. Though it came against a combination of the second and third defenses, the pass from starting quarterback Ryan Cubit still set the tone for a solid Scarlet Knights' night in the air.
Fullback derby over
Hackensack's Bryan Wilson continues to stand out. A few days after Schiano praised his production, the sophomore caught three passes for 63 yards and exclusively handled kickoff returns for the scout team.
"I hope I showed that I can play out there," Wilson said. "If the starters can't play, I hope I can show that they'll be fine with me."
Ryan Cubit. The starting quarterback asserted himself much better this time around, connecting on 6 of 9 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown. Despite the offense missing six starters after guard Rich McManis went down, Cubit's self-assurance prompted greater confidence in the unit.
Rutgers' lengthy injury list isn't any less of a concern now than it was during the Knights' last scrimmage five days ago, but the offense -- which has struggled for too long of this preseason -- may be.
Despite the absence of seven potential starters to the unit after starting left guard Rich McManis left after six plays because of a stinger, Rutgers' offense showed enough signs in the final preseason scrimmage last night to offer hope that it may be able to get by until the injured get healthy.
Rutgers' offense comes alive
William Burnett says he "can't lie. The reason I decided to major in urban-planning development is because I am from a disaster area like Asbury Park, because I wanted to be part of the process of restoring my hometown, making it a great place to be part of, to see grow into something special."
Sort of like what he's also doing for Rutgers football?
"Maybe," he smiles at the analogy, "except for the part about the disaster area. If there was one here, it's over, was over the day Coach Schiano walked in the door."
Rutgers defense strength of team
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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