Rutgers starting quarterback Ted Trump walked off the practice field after two drills Thursday with acute pain in his left, nonthrowing side. Scarlet Knights head coach Greg Schiano said team doctors will evaluate Trump again today and says it may come down to a gametime decision Saturday on whether he'll play at Pittsburgh.
"He threw a ball and he felt some real pain," Schiano said. "We X-rayed him so there's no fracture. It's something muscular or scar tissue from a previous injury; he had something in high school he said. It was severe enough where he couldn't throw the ball at all.
Rutgers' Trump might not play Saturday against Pittsburgh
The Big East schedule starts for Rutgers on Saturday at Pittsburgh, which means a significant step up in competition over the likes of Villanova, Buffalo and Army that the Scarlet Knights have faced the first three weeks of the season.
The game against the Panthers will also be the first road test for Greg Schiano's young squad.
"I really like the first time you take a team on the road," Schiano said. "I enjoy that. You get them away by yourself and there's a certain camaraderie that grows on that level. This is a close football team. But playing in a hostile environment, being on the road, brings you closer."
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Rutgers starting quarterback Ted Trump left practice yesterday after experiencing a pain in his left, or non-throwing, side.
X-rays were negative, and coach Greg Schiano said it could be an injury to the oblique muscle, which runs across the rib cage. Schiano said Trump is day-to-day, leaving his status for tomorrow's game against Pittsburgh in doubt.
If Trump cannot go, Ryan Cubit will get the start. Cubit started all 11 games last season as a true freshman and opened the season as the starter, throwing for 184 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the team's season-opening loss to Villanova.
Rutgers' Trump suffers injury
With the beginning of Big East play around the corner for Rutgers, tomorrow's clash with Pittsburgh, televised locally on ESPN Regional, will be the first road game of the year for the Scarlet Knights (1-2).
"Pittsburgh is a real fine football team, the kind of team that we aspire to get to their level. And going out to their stadium, playing on the road is going to be a real fine challenge for our team," RU head coach Greg Schiano said. "Pitt is a different level [than other teams we have faced]. They run better. They are much bigger and much stronger."
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Luis Rivas couldn't have asked for a better start to his collegiate career. The true freshman defensive tackle from Rutgers got in the game early in the fourth quarter in last Saturday's 44-0 win over Army, and three plays later shot through a gap into the backfield to drop Cadets' backup quarterback Matt Silva for a one-yard loss. It was a busted handoff on a run play, so technically it wasn't a sack. But it felt just as good for Rivas, whose family and friends got to see his debut in living color on the Sunshine Network in Miami.
Rivas debut with Rutgers one to remember
No lights, no cameras, no rowdy drunk college tailgaters - this was the scene of the first intercollegiate football game. On a makeshift grass field, Rutgers battled Princeton to initiate a tradition that has encompassed college campuses for more than a century.
Rutgers would go on to defeat the Tigers 6-4 on Nov. 6, 1869, in New Brunswick, N.J. However, the team's idea of football was quite rudimentary by current standards. Each team placed 25 players on the field, followed rugby-like rules and utilized a soccer ball. "Bulldogs," or today's offensive men, tried to score in a best of 10 games. Each score counted as one game. The "fielders," or defense, would attempt to stop their opponents from advancing.
First college football game played at Rutgers in 1869
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- If the two players held a grudge, if they clipped newspaper headlines after the Scarlet Knights' embarrassing losses and hung them on their dormitory-room walls, no one would ask why. The quarterback lost his starting job at Rutgers to the offensive coordinator's son, left the program and sat out a season waiting for another chance. Chad Schwenk was angry.
Lehigh Pair have better days without Knights
Just when it seemed that Ted Trump had settled in as Rutgers' starting quarterback, he may be forced back to the sidelines -- suffering a strained muscle on his left (non-throwing) side in practice yesterday that could cause him to miss the Knights' Big East opener tomorrow at Pittsburgh.
Trump may sit
Paterson Catholic shooting guard Marquis Webb, a 6-foot-4 senior and consensus Top 100 recruit, will announce his nonbinding commitment to attend Rutgers, Seton Hall or Villanova today, according to two Internet web sites.
Webb told Mike Fasano at rutgers.theinsiders.com that high school teammate Darryl Watkins, regarded as one of the nation's top frontcourt prospects, might sign with the same college.
"I don't think that (he'll) make a decision at the same time but there's a chance that we will go to the same school," Webb said.
Paterson Catholic guard will announce college choice today
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