As expected, coach Greg Schiano named Ryan Cubit as the starting quarterback for tomorrow's game against Tennessee.
Cubit steps in for the injured Ted Trump, who has started the last three games since Cubit was benched following the team's opening-day loss to Villanova. Cubit started all 11 games for the Scarlet Knights last season, and took all the snaps at yesterday's practice.
Cubit back in as Rutgers QB
With a dozen or so injuries all but depleting any depth the Scarlet Knights have, this weekend's David vs. Goliath matchup with No.11 Tennessee (2-1, 0-1) could prove to be too much to ask of a team just hoping to get to next week's bye week without suffering any other devastating blows.
"Rutgers is not someone you can look over. They do a nice job on both sides of the ball," Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer said.
RU faces tough test
Rutgers finished above the national average for graduation of its student-athletes, according to a survey released yesterday.
Rutgers had a graduation rate of 67 percent, while the national rate reached 60 percent for the first time since the NCAA began tracking the figures 18 years ago.
Rutgers athletes graduation percentage above average
Just when it seemed that Rutgers' personnel problems couldn't possibly get worse, they did yesterday.
Strong safety Nate Colon, a three-year starter coming into this season, won't accompany the Knights on their trip to Tennessee for tomorrow's game against the 11th-ranked Volunteers after taking a leave of absence from the team for what head coach Greg Schiano said were "personal issues."
Colon out this week, status unclear
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Around the Big East
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.
'Ahead of the game'
Slowly but effectively, the image of the dumb jock appears to be fading.
College athletes are graduating at a record rate 60% according to the latest findings in apparent response to toughened NCAA academic standards.
Numbers released by the association Thursday set or equaled records almost across the board: for male athletes (54%) and female (69%), for whites (65%) and blacks (48%).
Graduation rates hit record
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