Brett Gordon was realistic from the start, even while he was rewriting the record books at La Salle High and leading the Explorers on a 32-game winning streak. He knew that being under 6-feet tall would prevent him from landing a job as a quarterback in a major-college football program. Five years later, the 5-foot-10 Gordon is preparing for his final season at Villanova. He will add to the already prolific numbers he has amassed in the Wildcats' high-powered offense and show the Division I-A coaches who passed on him that a lack of height is no way to measure talent, heart and guts.
Philadelphia Inquirer | 08/30/2002 | Gordon grows in the job as Villanova quarterback
In 1988, in Villanova's third full season back at the Division I-AA level, it opened with a 31-11 loss at I-A Wake Forest. Since then, the Wildcats have stepped up in class six more times, most recently 2 years ago at Rutgers. They've lost all of them, by an average of 10.2 points. They'll try again Saturday night, when they open at Rutgers once more.
Philadelphia Daily News | 08/29/2002 | For 'Nova, Rutgers in a different class
Looking at Rutgers
Isn't it almost imperative that coach Greg Schiano's second season as the Knights' head man begin 3-0 when Villanova, Buffalo (already beaten by - are you listening, Andy? - I-AA Lehigh), and Army come here the first three weeks? Schiano won't be trapped into admitting that. He can't allow himself to say a loss to a dangerous Villanova team would wipe away the enthusiasm and excitement that has been generated in an upbeat camp.
RU needs a win to show progress
A year after a pathetic offense left Rutgers fans yawning, the Scarlet Knights say they're ready to issue some wake-up calls, starting with tonight's season opener at home against Villanova. The only problem is no one knows who has the alarm clock.
"There's definitely some unknowns, but that's exciting," coach Greg Schiano said. "There's an anticipation - it's a hold-your-breathish thing."
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Rutgers punter Mike Barr supplemented his normal workouts in practice last year with exercises in a swimming pool. The aquatic sessions tapered off in the second half of the season, and so did his stats, leaving cause-and-effect thoughts floating in the mind of the senior from Lynchburg, Va. "I was working in the Sonny Werblin pool on campus with Ed Nessel, coach of the Rutgers Masters Swim Club," said Barr. "He had me doing resistance work -- things like holding a medicine ball above my head. I did a whole lot of treading water.
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When Rutgers hosted Villanova in its season opener two years ago, running back Brian Westbrook ran for 46 yards, caught nine passes for 93 yards and a touchdown, and returned five kickoffs for 116 yards for the visiting Wildcats. Rutgers won 34-21, but it was a typical day at the office for Westbrook, who has since graduated as the NCAA all-divisions record-holder for most career all-purpose yards (9,512). Westbrook is now with the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles. When the schools meet in tonight's 7 p.m. season opener at Rutgers Stadium, Villanova will be starting sophomore Terry Butler in Westbrook's place, and he's the unknown that troubles Rutgers the most.
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The critical juncture for the team arrives much earlier this season. Rutgers boasts an imposing schedule later in the season with road dates against Tennessee and Notre Dame, in addition to the typical Big East program. But the first three games -- against Villanova, Buffalo and Army -- are all at home and are all games the Knights will be favored to win.
Rutgers, however, has some concerns of its own. Injuries have taken a toll on the team's receiving corps, and it's still unclear how big a role projected starters Aaron Martin and Tres Moses will play in today's game. Starting strong safety Nate Colon will also likely miss the game, with sophomore Jarvis Johnson starting in his place.
Freshman running back Markis Facyson had an impressive preseason camp, juking, jetting, and grabbing gems out of the sky. Sophomore tailback Clarence Pittman finally justified the hype surrounding his arrival after having to sit out last year (academics). The pair could exceed Rutgers' entire rushing output (1,150) of last season, giving Schiano his first reliable rushers.
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Rutgers leads the all-time series 7-6 heading into the 14th meeting between two teams who first faced each other in 1906. They last met on Sept. 2, 2000 in Piscataway, with Rutgers taking a 34-21 decision on the strength of quarterback Mike McMahon's 323 passing yards and five touchdowns.
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Adrian Hill, a 6-foot-7 forward who graduated from Ohio's Canton-McKinley High School in June, is considering playing basketball at Rutgers University. Hill has received scholarship offers from the Scarlet Knights, Providence, Wisconsin and DePaul, according to Canton-McKinley head coach David Hoover. Hoover said Hill never signed with a college because he needed -- and recently received -- a qualifying score on the ACT. That's why Hill remains available just days before the fall semester begins. Hoover said Hill is now a full academic qualifier, eligible to compete as a freshman in 2002-03.
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Hey are you a Rutgers Basket Ball fan? Do you like golf? Want to shoot a round with say, Gary Waters or one of his staff? Here's your opportunity. The Rutgers Court Club is sponsoring a Golf Outing on Monday October 7, 2002 at the University Golf Course in Piscataway. Tee off is scheduled for 2PM and is limited to the first 72 RU fans that sign up. The $150 fee includes dinner. For $500 you have a chance to be in Gary's foursome and for $300 you can play with Larry, Garland, Kevin, Vince or Stan. So join the TEAM BEHIND THE TEAM, the Rutgers Court Club and see you on the links.
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