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The Touchdown club will be holding a meeting on Thursday, October 10th at 7:00PM. The doors open at 6:00PM. Those who want to join are welcome.
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Of all the scores announced in stadiums around the country Saturday, no doubt the most shocking was this: Rutgers 14, Tennessee 7.
Well, yes, it was only halftime, and the Volunteers would go on to pin a 35-14 defeat on the Knights (1-4, 0-1 Big East). But simply leading the SEC power before its own fans was a nice accomplishment for 30 minutes. This is, you probably need not be reminded, a Rutgers team that opened the season by losing to Division I-AA Villanova and weak-sister Buffalo.
Around the Big East

Although many universities nationwide have gradually decreased the number of walk-ons they accept in collegiate sports such as baseball and soccer, approximately one-fifth of the season-opening 105- man Rutgers football roster is made up of these dedicated hard-workers.
Made famous by the movie "Rudy", the story of a young man overcoming hardships because of a yearning to play college football for Notre Dame, walk-ons often spend countless hours on the practice field with next to no long-term reward.
Walk-ons make own contributions

A place where people breathe, eat, sleep and dream orange.
Where the game of college football takes on it's own life force, in the students and citizen's everyday lives, to become something bigger.
This past weekend I was lucky enough to be able to experience a part of their world. Everywhere I looked in Knoxville I was surrounded by the color orange ? the Vols' color just in case you didn't know ? and an array of T's.
Now, not just normal things like signs and paraphernalia around the university were like this. Car dealerships 15-20 miles away from the campus sported glowing orange T's and orange and silver ribbons around their premises. A bottle of Coke from the vending machine at the hotel by the airport sported an orange cap adorned with a T as well. Even in the clubs all the DJ talked about was beating Rutgers. On a receipt I got from Tennessee's student center store it had "Go Vols, beat Rutgers" printed at the bottom of it.
The religion of football

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High School Prospect

In his dream game as Frankford High's quarterback, Darrell "D.J.'' Turner would be allowed to throw 25 passes.
"Twenty-five passes?! Tell him to keep dreaming,'' coach Tom Mullineaux said. "That would be my nightmare.''
Almost every day at Frankford, when Turner is taking a gym class, Mullineaux stops by during what, for him, is a free period, and the two exchange friendly banter.
A change comes to pass

Open Date. For a long while it looked like that might be the only "opponent" on its football schedule that Rutgers could handle.
It comes up this week. First of two such "contests," actually, and maybe at just the right time. A chance to rest bones weary from the 1-4 start, from five consecutive Saturdays of banging against the bodies of rivals strong and weak. A chance to evaluate where the Knights have been and, more importantly, where they're going.
It's not an easy evaluation. Ask me, I know. Greg Schiano's team has been an enigma, playing badly against bad teams, better against better teams.
Bye week a chance to look at Rutgers enigma

The effects of his sprained ankle are wearing off, the bounce in his step is back and Rutgers quarterback Ted Trump would like his starting job back. He didn't say it in so many words: There's kind of an unspoken etiquette among the Scarlet Knights who are hesitant to seem self-centered and blunt.
But no player likes to ride the pines and the only reason Ryan Cubit started at quarterback last week against Tennessee was because Trump got injured the week before against Pittsburgh and couldn't recover in time.
Rutgers' Cubit wants to start

Around the Big East

Five weeks of college football have passed.
And in that time, many teams have passed. And passed.
But take a guess which team is running wild. Guess which one leads the NCAA in rushing by averaging 345.5 yards a game.
Hint: It's not Nebraska, Virginia Tech or Miami.
Stunningly, it's West Virginia.
"When I looked at the stat sheet last night,'' said Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano, "I thought it was a typo.''
Surprising Mountaineers lead nation in rushing

Name the Big East's all-time best running back.
Edgerrin James? Curtis Martin? William Green? Amos Zereoue?
All good choices, but none can match West Virginia's Avon Cobourne.
Midway through the third quarter of Saturday's 37-17 victory against East Carolina, Cobourne ran for a short gain and into the record books as the conference's all-time leading rusher.
Cobourne now the Big East's best

Interesting Article

Report cards are in, and the graduation rates for NCAA Division I student-athletes continue to improve slowly and steadily.
For the first time since the NCAA started tracking graduation rates in 1984, the graduation rate of Division I student-athletes reached 60 percent. By comparison, 58 percent of all students graduated.
The study of Division I schools, which is federally mandated, is based on the class of incoming freshman student-athletes for the 1995-96 school year. The graduation rates are based on a six-year cycle for completing undergraduate degrees. A student-athlete who transfers from his or her original school is counted as a non-graduate even if he or she graduates from another school.
Graduation rates for Division I athletes at all-time high

Donald "Big Dog" Forbes: BigDog@Rutgersfootball.com
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