RU to Host Big Man Academy

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (June 13, 2008) – The members of the Rutgers football staff will host high school players from across the country at this summer's football camps on the campus of Rutgers University.

At all of the camps at Rutgers, campers will have the opportunity to work directly with Rutgers' position and strength coaches, as well as some of the finest college and high school coaches from around the country.

For the first time, Rutgers will host the Big Man Academy Saturday, June 14 for high school offensive and defensive linemen. The one-day camp will give prep linemen the chance to work with some of the top collegiate line coaches in the nation. The event gives the players a more specialized day of activities as the prep players will go through a simulated day of preseason camp at Rutgers – from drills on technique and fundamentals to practice and film review sessions.

The 7-on-7 Shootout returns Saturday, June 21 as some of the region's top teams compete in the 7-on-7 passing tournament. The shootout has been a great competitive summer teaching tool for varsity programs as they gear up for the start of the high school season in August.

The overnight camp of the summer is scheduled from June 22-25 for high school players entering grades 9-12. The four-day camp will give the attendees a chance to practice and improve their skills in a variety of ways, led by the tutelage of the Rutgers football staff.

On June 26, a pair of one-day events continue as youngsters entering grades 6-8 will have a camp in addition to Specialists Camp for place-kickers, punters, long snappers and returners for players entering grades 9-12.

The final camp event for the summer is Junior Camp on June 27 as kids entering grades 1-5 get the chance for a day of fun at football at Rutgers.

Additional camp information, including registration forms, can be found by visiting www. or by calling 732-445-6200.

The Rutgers football team opens the 2008 season Monday, Sept. 1 vs. Fresno State. The Labor Day game will be televised at 4 p.m. on ESPN. The Scarlet Knights return 49 letterwinners and 15 starters in 2008 as they look to win their third consecutive bowl game.

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