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Bryan Pata, 6-4, 260, 4.8, Miami Central HS, one of the top defensive linemen in the nation, has tentatively set up an official visit with Rutgers for December 6th. Pata had previously verballed to Miami but changed his mind and decided to take his visits.

Pata is regarded by some as the top defensive line prospect in the state of Florida this year.



Forget the fourth-and-one calls. Or who starts at quarterback-- or even tailback. The toughest decision Rutgers coach Greg Schiano figures to be confronted with this week is which motivating factor to dangle in front of his team when West Virginia pays a visit on Saturday.  Payback? Revenge? The prospect of facing the nation's leading rusher -- who just happens to be a New Jersey kid? The possibility of being saddled with the longest losing streak in Big East history with another defeat? It's almost an embarrassment of motivational riches, thanks in large part to the Mountaineers' 80-7 rout of Rutgers a year ago -- a loss that still has the Knights smarting. "The challenge of facing a great back like Avon Cobourne is something I'm looking forward to," said sophomore strong safety Jarvis Johnson. "This is a great opportunity to see where our defense stands. Facing a challenge like this is why I play."
Anyway, Schiano made one thing clear yesterday: Revenge won't be the incentive for Rutgers (1-4), even if last year's turnover festival loss to the Mountaineers was the school's worst in two centuries.
Rutgers football: Focus is result, not revenge

A year after dealing Rutgers an 80-7 loss that was the program's worst in 113 years, West Virginia pays a visit to Rutgers Stadium on Saturday featuring the nation's No. 2 rushing offense and the country's leading rusher in Cherry Hill native Avon Cobourne. Second-year Mountaineers coach Rich Rodriguez, who developed the unique spread offense West Virginia employs, took time with the media yesterday to discuss last season's game and the coming one.
Rutgers football: Rodriguez serves up a successful spread

PISCATAWAY - Some coaches live by the rule a starter cannot lose his job because of injury. That when he heals, he goes back into the lineup no matter how well his replacement performed. Greg Schiano isn't one of them. The Rutgers football coach stressed again yesterday he'll always go with the player he thinks has the best chance to produce a victory. Period. So what does it mean that he returned Ted Trump to No. 1 quarterback yesterday even though Ryan Cubit performed well in the Scarlet's last outing, the one in which they led Tennessee for a half? Even though Trump failed to put up a touchdown the week before that against Pittsburgh before leaving late with an ankle injury?
Rutgers will play Trump card against WVU

PISCATAWAY -- Quarterback Ted Trump sat on the bench last season, watching helplessly as West Virginia rolled to a landslide victory over Rutgers. Trump would enter the game with his team down 73-0 and lead the Scarlet Knights to their only touchdown, which served as mere window dressing on an 80-7 loss.
This year, he'll be the starter, named as such yesterday by coach Greg Schiano, and will try to avenge the program's worst loss since an 80-0 defeat to Princeton in 1888.
The Trentonian

PISCATAWAY - A few weeks back, Rutgers offensive coordinator Bill Cubit talked about being in sync. About every individual player dancing the right steps and an eye-catching number coming out of it.  But Tuesday, with West Virginia looming and a bye week gone, coach Greg Schiano decided harmony isn't what makes music. Continuity be damned, senior Ted Trump will start at quarterback. "I was really glad," said Trump of the news, which came Tuesday morning. "I wasn't sure it was going to happen, especially after last week."
NorthJersey.com - College Sports

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Eighty points. Eleven touchdowns. One game. One team. Rich Rodriguez doesn't care to reminisce much about West Virginia's rampage against Rutgers last season. His players have an idea what the Scarlet Knights (1-4, 0-1 Big East) might be thinking about the 80-7 rout when they play the Mountaineers (3-2, 0-0) on Saturday. "They will be waiting for us," said West Virginia wide receiver A.J. Nastasi. "They will come out fired up."
NorthJersey.com - Rutgers

MORGANTOWN — In retrospect, Rich Rodriguez probably wishes he had it all to do over again. This time it would be different.
This time, he might summon Ed Pastilong from his skybox and allow him to play quarterback for the first time since 1965.
Gazette Online - Dave Hickman

If the football fans of West Virginia University feel let down anywhere since coach Rich Rodriguez brought in what was promised to be "fast-break football" to follow Don Nehlen's far more traditional offense, it is in the failure of the offense to produce big passing plays. Forget wins and losses for a moment. What everyone expected with this hurry-up, no-huddle style that was built to tire out defenders and to keep replacements from rushing onto the field was to see either long, arching rainbows into the hands of receivers streaking down the sidelines or receivers taking short passes, breaking one-on-one tackles and turning them into touchdowns or long gains. Hasn't happened.
WVU offense takes a pass on big plays -- Appeared October 8, 2002 - Sports articles from The Dominion Post


Knights in the Pros

The Giants have signed CB Reggie Stephens as insurance for the nicked up secondary. A native of Dallas, Texas, Stephens was born on February 21, 1975.  Ken Palmer of the the Giant Insider let us know a few weeks ago that the Giants had a few players in for workouts, including cornerback Reggie Stephens .
Yahoo! Sports: NCAA Football - Giants sign insurance CB



 A university president's meddling with a star athlete's grade-point average has made unlikely campus activists of Patrick Woody and other Gardner-Webb students. Christopher White, the school's president, admitted he wrote a memo two years ago ordering an "F" factored out of basketball player Carlos Webb's GPA.
Syracuse.com: Sportsflash


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