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Avon Cobourne was running free, returning a punt in the second game of his senior season at Holy Cross High.
The Cherry Hill native had 10 defenders and a 1,400-yard, 32-touchdown junior year behind him, the kicker and a bevy of scholarship offers lined up in front of him.
Approaching midfield with only the kicker to beat, Cobourne went to cut and his leg gave way, tearing his ACL. Cobourne had season-ending surgery, and the scholarship offers dried up.
Ex-Holy Cross star Cobourne putting up gaudy numbers for West Virginia

The nation's top rusher. The Big East's all-time leading rusher. West Virginia's all-time leader in practically every major rushing category. All those phrases and many more not only describe the kind of player Mountaineer senior halfback Avon Cobourne is, but also tell of the kind of challenge the much-improved Rutgers run defense will be facing this Saturday.
"Avon is as good as there is in the country," Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano said. "He sees a crack and hits it. He's what I like in a running back, he goes north-south."
RU 'D' must step up

Two of the Big East's top players will be knocking heads for the final time in Piscataway tomorrow, and both hail from South Jersey.
Cherry Hill native Avon Cobourne, a former Holy Cross standout, leads West Virginia into Rutgers Stadium for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff. Rutgers senior linebacker Gary Brackett, a Glassboro High graduate, will be waiting for him.
Cobourne has become a Heisman Trophy candidate. He is the fourth-leading rusher in Division I with 761 yards, which averages out to 152.2 per game, which is best in the nation. Brackett, a walk-on who ended up as Rutgers' MVP last season, is the Big East's second-leading tackler with 49.
Rutgers-W. Va. clash features two area stars

Marty Pyszczymuka won't go as far as to say that learning how to the hike the ball with his left hand the past week has been a snap, but he insists it hasn't been as difficult as he thought -- or as it may seem to outsiders.
Eleven days after undergoing wrist surgery, and with a cast protecting a broken bone in his right (snapping) hand, Pyszczymuka is expected to be at his customary starting center spot for Rutgers when the Knights play host to West Virginia tomorrow.
Hopes center on Pyszczymuka now

A couple of weeks ago, Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano asked injured defensive lineman Greg Pyszczymuka if he wanted to make the trip to Pittsburgh. Even though the veteran from Sparta was sidelined with a shoulder injury, he could still act as another pair of eyes on the sidelines, coaching his teammates here and there if he saw something wrong.
The problem was Pyszczymuka couldn't bear to stand and watch -- not to say that it was any easier from his living room watching on television. The Scarlet Knights defense played very well in a 23-3 loss
Pszczymuka excited to get back on field for Rutgers


With an NIT bid last March whetting the appetite of its rabid, mostly postseason-starved fan base, the Rutgers men's basketball program faces an intriguing proposition as it prepares for the upcoming 2002-03 campaign.
Basically, what can it do for an encore? Or, more to the point, does it have the goods to satisfy the people who annually make the Brown Athletic Center one of the loudest places to play, not to mention every member of the team?
Knights looking for someone to fill the hole left by Kent

Rutgers center Kareem Wright weighed 319 pounds at the end of last season. A less-than-pleased coach Gary Waters had a heart-to-heart talk with the junior about what he needed to do to prepare for his senior season.
Voila! The 6-foot-9 Wright will bring a 275-pound frame to preseason practices this weekend.
The message was clear: Waters, off a successful first season with the Scarlet Knights, is continuing to mold the team into his style of athletic, full-court basketball.
Waters wants more pressure

Spectators are usually on their feet cheering at Rutgers men's basketball games. But those holding courtside tickets may now want to remain seated. Athletics Director Bob Mulcahy said renovations to the lower bowl of the Louis Brown Athletic Center, including 1,500 new cushioned courtside seats with backs and arm rests, are not intended to quiet fans.
"I would like to believe that trying to make our fans a little more comfortable is going to be more of an incentive for them to be vociferous," Mulcahy said with a laugh.
Renovated RAC set for MidKnight Madness

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Around the Big East

Lee Suggs and Kevin Jones both rushed for more than 140yards as No. 4 Virginia Tech's relentless ground game and big-play defense beat Boston College, 28-23, last night.
The Hokies, second in the nation in turnover differential, needed three of them in or near the end zone to stop BC drives and win their seventh straight game against the Eagles.
Suggs, Jones help Va. Tech run over BC

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When Notre Dame's Tyrone Willingham and Michigan State's Bobby Williams shook hands on a football field last month in East Lansing, Mich., it was a rare moment: The two of them, old friends, represented one-half of the African-American head coaches among the 117 major college programs in the nation.
Success fails to open college doors for black football coaches

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