Shawn Seabrooks says he has his national championship ring from the University of Tennessee somewhere in his house. The senior free safety at Rutgers seems to care less about its whereabouts, even though he was part of the Volunteers' 1998 national championship squad that won the Fiesta Bowl
Everything is red for RU's Seabrooks
Coach Greg Schiano said before the game that Pittsburgh would be one of the most physical teams the Scarlet Knights would face all year.
Yesterday he revealed the evidence to prove his point -- an injury list that is as long as it's been since the rash of hamstring pulls during fall camp.
The biggest immediate concern is at quarterback, where Ted Trump is questionable with a sprained right ankle suffered against Pittsburgh. Trump limped noticeably yesterday during practice and struggled to push off the injured leg -- which is his back, or plant leg -- to make his throws. The result was that he either lost velocity or dropped sidearm in an effort generate pace.
Injury bug bites Knights
Last year, as a true freshman, Ryan Cubit drew Miami. And Virginia Tech. And everyone else. Skinny and green, he started every game for Rutgers.
This year, he's spent all but the first game on the sidelines. But with Ted Trump, Rutgers' starting quarterback for the last three games, hampered by a sprained ankle, Cubit may end up starting Saturday against No. 11 Tennessee.
He always seems to get the easy games.
Cubit ready to go
Tennessee came out determined in the second half against Florida despite losing by 24 points, and coach Phillip Fulmer expects the same attitude through the rest of the season.
The Volunteers (2-1) play non-conference foe Rutgers (1-3) Saturday at home after losing 30-13 to the Gators last week. Their Southeastern Conference schedule continues with Arkansas, Georgia and Alabama next month.
Tennessee was stunned by its own mistakes at the end of the first half that allowed Florida to score 24 points in a little under five minutes in a driving rainstorm.
Volunteers' No. 1 focus: Scarlet Knights
Shawn Seabrooks won a national championship in his first year as a college football player. His second, he went 1-10.
No, Seabrooks wasn't part of the greatest collapse in the history of college football. The Paterson native just decided he wanted to be closer to home, so he left Tennessee in the spring of 1999 and enrolled at Rutgers that fall. But the craziest part of the story is not that he left a national champion - it's his view of how the two programs differ.
"Definitely the traffic around here," Seabrooks said, naming the only discernible difference between Tennessee and Rutgers. "The rest - a Division I program is a Division I program."
Safety at home with Knights
Rutgers coach Greg Schiano usually delivers his weekly injury report by simply reciting names off the top of his head of players who are out or hobbled or will only be available on a limited basis. Yesterday, though, would have required the recall powers of former Knick and memory expert Jerry Lucas to do so.
That's why the Knights' second-year coach had to refer to a list -- and a lengthy one at that -- to issue Rutgers' medical news heading into Saturday's game against 11th-ranked Tennessee.
Trump, Facyson head injury list
Despite a surprising 30-13 home loss to SEC rival Florida last week, Tennessee's Phillip Fulmer, now in his 11th season with the Vols, has a chance to tie the legendary Frank Leahy as the seventh-fastest coach to reach 100 career victories. Fulmer heads into Saturday's game against Rutgers with a 97-21 record (82.2 percent) that includes the 1998 national championship. He spoke with the media yesterday about the upcoming game against the Scarlet Knights.
Vols hope to avoid letdown
The Scarlet Knights (1-3, 0-1) lost their 16th consecutive Big East game, but were competitive in a 23-3 loss to Pittsburgh in the conference opener for both teams. Rutgers might have kept it closer if not for an inept offense that produced minus-3 yards rushing, five turnovers and several costly penalties.
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Boston College coach Tom OBrien and Miami coach Larry Coker have just the guy for you.
Hes a UM Hurricane. And hes not Ken Dorsey, who simply won the Maxwell Award last season as the nations top quarterback and is 4-0 this season.
The man is tailback Willis McGahee, who amassed 221 total yards in Miamis 38-6 late-game dismantling of Boston College. The sophomore had 135 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, averaging 7.9 yards per carry. This season, he is averaging 133.2 yards for the No. 1 'Canes.
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