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.
Most of the high school recruits who attended Rutgers 37-19 season-opening loss to Division I-AA Villanova on Saturday said they were surprised by the result. But the games outcome has not altered their desire to play for Rutgers.
I expected them to win against a I-AA team, said Omar Savage, a highly-touted defensive end from Piscataway High School, but that doesnt really affect how I feel about Rutgers right now.
Despite an embarrassing loss, Rutgers recruits confident
Villanova had a 300-yard passer in Brett Gordon, Villanova's senior quarterback who threw for 321 yards and three touchdowns, a 100-yard receiver in Hamilton High's Brian White, who caught 12 passes 165 yards and a touchdown, and a 100-yard rusher in Terry Butler, a sophomore who is replacing last year's Division I-AA Offensive Player of the Year Brian Westbrook and racked up 131 yards on 21 carries.
And worst of all, the Scarlet Knights lost to a Division I-AA team, 37-19.
After the game coach Greg Schiano and his players were almost defiant, saying that one game will not dictate their season. Schiano reiterated that in a conference call with reporters yesterday.
Schiano: 'Everything is going to be fine'
Lined up along the sidelines during warm-ups, Rutgers recruits smiled. Later, seated at the 50-yard line, they continued to smile. Sure, the school courting them was being humiliated by a lesser team Saturday night, but these future Scarlet Knights already know the Piscataway party line: Everything's going to be OK.
"Ranked teams lose to unranked teams," said Lawrence High School running back Orlando Kane, who has verbally committed to Rutgers. "We all know it's going to be a process. We saw the team played hard and that's what matters."
Hope for better Knights
There's probably never a good time for a 1-A program to be coming off a loss to a 1-AA team, but there are times that are worse than others. Yesterday qualifies as one of those times for Rutgers coach Greg Schiano.
That's because last night marked the start of the official contact period, which means coaches were again permitted to call recruits.
Greater losses may loom ... in form of recruits
The grace period for Greg Schiano may have ended at 10:24 p.m. Saturday. The Rutgers University football coach was supposed to have more than one game into his second season to show clear signs of turning the program around, but when the clock ran out in the Scarlet Knights' 37-19 loss to Villanova this weekend, so did the patience of a lot of fans.
No Rutgers team had ever lost to a Division I-AA club, and the final score was more than a shock to a great many Rutgers faithful, many of whom have now lost faith in the guy they perceived to be the savior of their beloved program.
Schiano's brash act wearing thin with fans
Knights in the Pros
Former Rutgers University basketball star turned NFL tight end Rashod Kent received a spot on the team's practice squad Sunday after being placed on waivers Saturday, his mother, Brenda, said Sunday night.
Kent survived Houston's first two cuts they waived tight ends Joey Knapp and Jake Moreland last month and had moved up to fourth string on the depth chart.
The Texans cut their roster to 56 players over the weekend. The first-year club is allowed three players more than the NFL's 53-player maximum.
Houston Texans sign Rutgers' Kent to practice squad
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ASU or LSU, Virginia Tech still dominated.
The No. 16 Hokies followed a season-opening laugher against Arkansas State with an impressive 26-8 victory against No. 14 Louisiana State on Sunday, using a stingy, opportunistic defense to make it happen.
On a day when Kevin Jones honored Michael Vick's No. 7 jersey with a dazzling 34-yard run, most of the other highlights came from the defense and special teams, which set up three short touchdown drives.
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