Ryan Hart is always among the last players to leave the field at Rutgers football practice. The freshman quarterback from Coral Gables, Fla., invariably grabs a couple of teammates and throws ball after ball for about 15 to 20 minutes to stay sharp.
I told (head) Coach (Greg) Schiano that if he needs me Ill be ready to go, said Hart. And he says he has confidence in me. Thats what my third-string job is, just be ready to go.
That could be sooner rather than later.
Schiano may look to pull QB switch
Army coach Todd Berry doesn't mince words. So when he was asked to evaluate his team's season-opening, 31-20 loss to Division I-AA Holy Cross, he answered with the subtlety of a bone-crushing block.
"There's no question that this (loss) is the worst one in 20 years," he said. "No question. I've been around a lot of football, this is the worst."
This week, after having a few days to calm down and reflect on the defeat, Berry was asked if he wanted to revise his earlier statement. Once again, he was blunt.
NOT JUST FOR SHOW; Army wants more than moral victories
The splash was about Miami. The hype because of Penn State. The hook guaranteed by Ramapo High School.
Even now, two years and 11 losses later, Rutgers athletic director Bob Mulcahy insists he couldn't have written a better résumé for his football coach. Greg Schiano had been places Mulcahy saw Rutgers going. Schiano had been places where teams won.
Two years and 11 losses later, Greg Schiano says the experience he most looks to today is the one Mulcahy never bragged about, the one where Schiano lost.
Rutgers believes in Schiano
Anyone expecting extensive personnel changes when Rutgers takes the field tomorrow night against Army at Rutgers Stadium will have to wait a little longer.
A few minor lineup changes is all head coach Greg Schiano said he has planned for the homecoming game despite the Scarlet Knights' unexpected 0-2 start.
Freshman defensive lineman Luis Rivas, who has yet to play, will see time against the Cadets, Schiano said yesterday. Classmate Val Barnaby, a defensive end limited to special teams play so far, will also be worked into the defensive line mix.
Rutgers: Schiano just makes a few tweaks
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High School Football
Moorestown will be playing its first game for new coach Russ Horton. The Quakers were 3-7 last season and return their top player, Albert Young, who rushed for 956 yards despite missing two games with a knee injury.
Camden Catholic have put together back-to-back 8-3 seasons and return quarterback Nick Cangelosi, who threw 20 touchdown passes last season, and linebacker Joe Kedra, who returned four interceptions for touchdowns. Both are seniors.
High school football preview
Here are the members of The Inquirer's 2001 all-South Jersey football team who return this season:
Jesse Holley knows Charlie Ward won the Heisman Trophy a few months before he was drafted by the Knicks.
He knows Deion Sanders played in an NFL game and the World Series on the same day.
And, yes, he knows all about Bo.
But it wasn't until after Holley surprised himself by making the varsity football team at Roselle as a freshman that it first hit him: He, too, could be a two-sport star.
The clock never stops
Around the Big East
Two larger truths emerged Thursday night after ninth-ranked Virginia Tech thumped No. 17 Marshall 47-21 at Lane Stadium. The first was the Hokies are alive and kicking in the chase for the Big East title, and top-ranked Miami (Fla.) be damned. The second was that, if anything, the hype surrounding Marshall quarterback Byron Leftwich is understated.
Virginia Tech bottles up Leftwich, Marshall
Kevin Jones and Lee Suggs each ran for more than 150 yards and combined for five touchdowns as No. 11 Virginia Tech stymied Byron Leftwich and No. 16 Marshall in a 47-21 football victory Thursday night.
Playing rugged defense and challenging the Thundering Herd (1-1) to stop the running game, the Hokies (3-0) led, 33-0, before Leftwich could get his team on the board in the fourth quarter.
The Hokies ran for 396 yards and six touchdowns. Jones gained 171 yards, scoring on runs of 25, 15, and 1 yards, and Suggs had 153 yards, with two 1-yard scoring dives.
Va. Tech runs Marshall out of town
Top-ranked Miami got a commitment from one of the nation's top recruits Thursday.
Kyle Wright, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound quarterback at Monte Vista High in Danville, Calif., chose the Hurricanes over Tennessee and Southern California. He announced his decision at a news conference Thursday, saying he picked Miami because of the coaches, talent level and business school.
Miami gets commitment from nation's top QB
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