Former Player Perspective:Jack Emmer - 'Cuse

As a feature, SOR has asked a number of former players to provide their written commentary on each of the Rutgers games. This commentary is meant to give the readers of SOR a view of the game from a former player's perspective. This week's perspective is from former Rutgers standout Jack Emmer.

My name is Jack Emmer, Rutgers '67. I was a wide receiver for Rutgers football during the '64-'66 seasons and co-captained the '66 squad. Some people looked at me as a 'wide blocker' since we didn't throw the ball much in those days. I did have one outstanding day vs. Holy Cross in '66 when I caught 13 passes for 237 yards, a record which I proudly held for 41 years until Tiquan Underwood broke it earlier this year vs. Buffalo.

I coached college lacrosse for 36 years with the last 22 at the US Military Academy at West Point, NY.
I am retired now and living in Skaneateles, NY near Syracuse.
With my family, I took in the Rutgers game vs. Syracuse last Saturday. I bought my tix from RU and managed to sit in the Bob Uecker, nose bleed heaven seats with the rabid Rutgers fans who sported t-shirts with various statements of support to include "See Ray Run", "Feed the Orange Rice", "Beasts on the Banks", and "Fruit Can't Play Football".

I happened to sit next to Mike and the Big Dog who asked me to express my thoughts of the game. So here it goes:

I've followed Rutgers' results closely all these years but haven't been to a game since Rutgers played at Army a few years ago. I have watched on TV.

After 2 straight losses I expected the Scarlet Knights to dominate the action in this Big East tilt but that was not the case.

After a couple of early rushes by Rice, Mike Teel threw his first pass, a lame duck picked off by the Orange and returned deep into Rutgers' territory. Two minutes into the game Syracuse had a 7-0 lead. A few minutes later after a RU punt SU went 85 yards for a TD making it 14-0.
Rutgers appeared anything but ready to take on a struggling Syracuse team.
The Knights settled down and blocked a punt to make it 14-14. That took the heart out of Syracuse and Rutgers went on to dominate from there to win going away by 38-14.

Some observations:
- Ray Rice had another productive day. He keeps going forward and puts up more yards than you realize watching the game. When he gains 196 yds. and it looks like an average day, I think we have taken him for granted.

-Mike Teel looked like he hurt his hand on the first passed picked by SU.. He went directly to the training room and returned to play well. I liked the fact he showed lots of poise/confidence by coming right back to throw the ball well. He plays like a veteran leader and a winner.

-The receivers were very good led by Kenny Britt who makes that tough over the middle catch. Plus the tight ends made a nice contribution.

-Nobody carries the ball but Ray unless Teel scrambles. RU plays without a FB most of the time and relies on great blocking up front and Rice's ability. There is little deception in the running game. When the day comes when they stack up Ray I hope there is some mis-direction to keep the 'D' honest.

Rutgers came out in the 3rd Q. with a 24-14 lead and was lethargic as SU outplayed our guys. Fortunately, SU scored no 3rd Q. points and did not take advantage of Rutgers' malaise.

-I thought both Rice and Teel could have come out earlier but were still in the game with about 5 minutes left and a 38-14 lead.

-Rutgers 'D' was not overly impressive vs. a poor Syracuse 'O'. SU beat RU down the middle a couple of times with passes and ran the ball with more success than it has against anyone all year.

-Ito's kicking was only average. He missed a 45 yarder just before the half and shanked a punt. Has his punting responsibilities negatively effected his FG success?

-Although Rutgers won 38-14 I think they need a better 4 quarter effort to beat the likes of South Florida and West Virginia.

-It was great to see my alma mater in action. They have established a high standard of play and we expect them to dominate all the time which is unrealistic.

I'll be rooting for them to finish strong.

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