RU Spring Game: Scarlet wins 16-10

Rutgers Concludes Spring Football with Scarlet-White Game

The Scarlet defeated the White, 16-10 in the annual Scarlet-White Spring Game at Rutgers Stadium Saturday in front of a record crowd of 11,079.

Placekicker Jeremy Ito (Loma Linda, Calif.), seeing action on both squads, went 3-for-3 on field attempts. Ito connected on a 46 and 28-yarder for the Scarlet and a 34-yard attempt for the White.

The Scarlet team compiled 260 yards of total offense, including 171 yards through the air. Quarterback Mike Teel (Oakland, N.J.) was 13-of-21 for 137 yards.

Scarlet sophomore wide receiver Kenny Britt totaled three receptions for 73 yards, all in the first half. Tight end Shamar Graves (Woodbridge, N.J.) and wide receiver Tiquan Underwood (Lawrenceville, N.J.) pulled in a combined eight passes for 75 yards. Thirteen players caught at least one pass on the afternoon.

On the other side, the White team collected 184 total yards of offense. Sophomore quarterback Jabu Lovelace (Tenafly, N.J.) saw action in the first half with the White squad and switched to the Scarlet for the second half. Lovelace completed 4-of-10 passes for the White for 68 yards and went 4-of-5 for 34 yards for the Scarlet in the second.

Kevin Malast (Manchester, N.J.) led the White defensive unit with nine tackles. Devin McCourty (Nanuet, N.Y.), Courtney Greene (New Rochelle, N.Y.) and Ron Girault (Spring Valley, N.Y.) had seven stops each.

Blair Bines (Shirley, N.Y.) posted six tackles and Antonio Lowery (Miami, Fla.) had five for the Scarlet.

The White took an early lead following a 54-yard touchdown run down the left sideline from Lovelace on a third-and-one play. Lovelace had a hand in every play on the 78-yard, five-play drive, completing two passes and rushing three times.

Ito drilled the first of his three field goals to put the Scarlet on the board with 10:40 on the running clock in the second quarter. The Scarlet closed to 7-6 with a 28-yard shot through the uprights by Ito with 34 seconds remaining.

The White took over on the 35 as Lovelace moved the team again and Ito capped the drive with a 34-yard score to push the White to a 10-6 lead just prior to the half.

Jack Corcoran (Atlantic City, N.J.) gave the Scarlet its first lead of the game with a three-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Kicker Kyle Cinzio made a 21-yard field goal for the Scarlet to close out the scoring.

The Scarlet Knights concluded the 2006 campaign with an 11-2 record and ranked No. 12 in the final rankings, including a 37-10 victory over Kansas State in the Texas Bowl. Rutgers returns 14 starters in the fall.

The Scarlet-White game concluded spring drills for the Scarlet Knights. Proceeds from the game benefited the pediatric units of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and St. Peter's University Hospital. Member of the team signed autographs for fans after the contest.

RU opens the 2007 football season on Thursday, August 30 vs. Buffalo at Rutgers Stadium.

Game Notes: Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano announced today the Spring Football Award winners for the Scarlet Knights. Kevin Malast won the Frank R. Burns Award, given to the player who displays extraordinary mental and physical toughness during spring practice. Sophomore wide receiver Kenny Britt was the recipient of the Mark Mills Second Effort Award, given to the Most Improved Offensive Player. Defensive tackle Pete Tverdov (Union, N.J.) earned the Douglas A. Smith Award for his efforts as the Most Improved Defensive Player.The Scarlet Knights concluded the 2006 campaign with an 11-2 record and ranked No. 12 in the final rankings, including a 37-10 victory over Kansas State in the Texas Bowl. Rutgers returns 14 starters in the fall.

The Scarlet-White game concluded spring drills for the Scarlet Knights. Proceeds from the game benefited the pediatric units of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and St. Peter's University Hospital. Member of the team signed autographs for fans after the contest.

RU opens the 2007 football season on Thursday, August 30 vs. Buffalo at Rutgers Stadium.

Game Notes: Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano announced today the Spring Football Award winners for the Scarlet Knights. Kevin Malast won the Frank R. Burns Award, given to the player who displays extraordinary mental and physical toughness during spring practice. Sophomore wide receiver Kenny Britt was the recipient of the Mark Mills Second Effort Award, given to the Most Improved Offensive Player. Defensive tackle Pete Tverdov (Union, N.J.) earned the Douglas A. Smith Award for his efforts as the Most Improved Defensive Player.


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