The Big East Conference office honored two Rutgers student-athletes this week, as junior cornerback Nathan Jones was named Co-Special Teams Player of the Week and freshman midfielder Sammy Castellanos was awarded Big East Rookie of the Week.
Jones ran back the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in the Scarlet Knights' game at No. 11 Tennessee in Knoxville this weekend, the longest kick return in school history. The return set the tone for a first half that ended with the Knights leading the mighty Volunteers by the score of 14-7. Jones also tied five other players for the longest return in Big East history.
Jones, Castellanos garner Player of the Week accolades
Nathan Jones of Rutgers has been named Special Teams Player of the Week by the Big East Conference on Monday. Jones, a graduate of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, set the tone for the Scarlet Knights' game at Tennessee when he returned the opening kickoff of the game 100 yards for a touchdown in a 35-14 loss. The junior defensive back recorded the longest kickoff return in school history and also tied five other players as the best in the conference record book. Jones finished the game with two returns for 114 yards.
Rutgers' Jones honored by Big East
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On six second-half possessions under the direction of quarterback R.J. Anderson, Syracuse produced one first down and 28 yards.
On one fourth-quarter drive with Troy Nunes under center, the Orangemen traveled 80 yards in 15 plays to the game-tying touchdown before eventually losing to Auburn, 37-34, in triple overtime Saturday night.
No matter. When Syracuse hosts Pittsburgh in a Big East game Saturday, Anderson will be the starter and Nunes will be on the bench.
Syracuse spark plug back to bench
The NFL has no time for a quarterback like Iowa State's Seneca Wallace. Ditto for Minnesota's Asad Abdul-Khaliq, Wisconsin's Brooks Bollinger, Clemson's Willie Simmons, Air Force's Chance Harridge, Iowa's Brad Banks, Notre Dame's Carlyle Holiday and Colorado State's Bradlee Van Pelt.
And that's too bad. Because now is the time to celebrate the great college quarterback, the guy who has no future at the position beyond Saturday afternoons despite his thrilling, get-up-out-of-your-seat playmaking skills. If these guys are too small and weak-armed to be NFLers, so what. They're still just about the best thing the college game has going.
Among exciting QBs, there are no cons, only non-pros
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