Super Soph Helping to Lead the Way

Last season, Rutgers Football passed for 165 yards per game. In 2007, the Scarlet Knights are averaging 297 passing yards a game. The receiving core is ultra talented and led by junior Tiquan Underwood and sophomore Kenny Britt defenses need to be aware.

In nine games last season, Kenny Britt caught 29 balls for 440 yards and two touchdowns. Britt came back, now a true Sophomore, as the leading statistical receiver in both receptions and receiving yards.

Coming out of Bayonne High School in New Jersey, Britt had to make the adjustment to the college level, not just on the field but also in the classroom.

"Last year to this year, it got a lot easier for me," Britt said. "I learned a lot of stuff last year, it's smoother for me because I know how to manage my time."

Fans do not realize the hard work that goes into a college player's week. The only time these players see fans, and vice-versa, is on the field on Saturdays, but there is a lot more that goes into a player's day to day duties that often go unnoticed and often times are under-appreciated.

Time management is a tremendous learned skill that all players must adapt to before on-the-field success follows. Britt, in his second year, is doing a much better job of figuring out how to manage a busy class schedule as well as putting time in on the practice field.

"During the week you have practices in the morning, go to class and eat a little lunch, and sometimes when you get out of class there is no time for lunch," Britt said. "We watch film for at least an hour and a half or maybe two sometimes. Then we are at the Hale Center from 1:20-5:30 p.m. everyday. After that, we have class between 6-9. It really is, you wake up at 7:30 a.m. and you won't be back in your house till 10 p.m."

Currently, Britt is undecided as far as a major goes, but he is interested in studying business or law.

In his freshman season, Britt did not catch a pass until the eighth game of the season, a reception that came against UConn. After his first catch, Britt went on to have some big games against some big opponents. Against Louisville and West Virginia, Britt had 12 catches for 201 yards. Britt really began to form a bond with his quarterback Mike Teel ever since then.

"It's been building stronger and stronger since I have been here," Britt said. "Since the second half of last season, Mike and I formed a tight bond and I got to meet his mom and his parents speak very highly of me and I like that."

With that high level of commitment to one another a high level of play has translated on the field, and more so high expectations were placed on Britt before the season. So far, Britt has delivered. His impressive stat line reads: 11 catches for 279 yards and three touchdowns. Britt is on pace to catch over 1000 yards on the season and with Underwood on the other side, the passing game could become unstoppable this season.

RU quarterback Mike Teel has had nothing but praise for the play of his wide receivers this season. The improved passing game has led to the Scarlet Knights averaging 46 points per game.

Britt knows there is a lot of depth at the position and that is a huge asset to the team.

"It is just a wonderful thing to be a part of the receiver core," Britt said. "It is great to see each receiver do their own special thing, because every time somebody gets the ball in their hand, they do something special."

The expectations shot through the roof as fans witnessed the initial trio of games opening up the 2007 campaign, but Britt had those expectations for the offensive unit from the very beginning.

"I think we are going straight towards up," Britt said. "Especially with our receiving core, a Heisman candidate in the backfield, Mike throwing the ball well, we got a chemistry going. It is just one big family in the offense."

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