Brock Looking To Continue TE Tradition

TE Kevin Brock almost didn't play football. He then had to walk-on to make the Scarlet Knights' roster and is now the starting tight end entering his last season. After emerging as a receiving threat in 2007, he will be looked upon as another target to QB Mike Teel's already loaded arsenal.

Senior tight end Kevin Brock is an example of a player that worked his way up from the bottom in the football world.

The sport wasn't even on Brock's mind entering Hackensack High School as his focus was on basketball and running track. He didn't pick up the game until his sophomore year of high school.

After high school, he managed to walk on to Rutgers in 2004 and now he's slated as the starting tight.

"It's been a long road traveled is all I can say about that," Brock said.

In 2005, Brock played in five games as the backup tight end and was apart of the special teams unit. The next year he was in every game except the opener, but was mainly used as a blocking tight end.

He was silent for the first four games of the 2007 campaign, but became more of a focal point in the offense hauling in 23 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns. Now Brock is getting noticed as he's been selected to the Preseason Second Team All-Big East and Third Team All-Big East by college football preview magazines Athlon and Phil Steele's College Football Preview, respectively.

"He's made quite a climb," Head Coach Greg Schiano said. "He's worked extremely hard and I think he can be one of the better guys in our league."

To get involved in the game to begin with, Brock was pushed by his friends. From there, he started to get the hang of the game and would be told about a year after by his first season by his coaches that if he worked hard enough, he could play at the next level.

"A lot of my friends played and that's how I got into it," he said. "They kind of forced me into playing and I went out there and toward the end of the year I started comprehending the offense and started doing better. Over the summer I gradually progressed and started rolling as a junior."

Brock is now trying to continue the Scarlet Knights' tradition of outstanding tight ends. With plans on having a breakout final year, he's looking to join the illustrious group of Clark Harris, L.J. Smith, Billy Woodard, Dan Latore, Alan Andrews, Larry Christoff and Bob Simms among others.

"[Rutgers] has a very rich tradition," he said. "A bunch of great guys came before me. Me, Shamar [Graves], Beau [Bachety], Tim [Finnegan], Tom [Lang], Craig [McGovern], and Fabian [Ruiz] are going try our hardest to uphold the tradition here."

The focus on this year's team is the offense and the passing game that is led by quarterback Mike Teel. Brock will be looked upon to contribute to an aerial attack that features two 1,000 plus yard receivers in Tiquan Underwood, Kenny Britt, speedster Tim Brown and the emerging receiver Dennis Campbell. The expectations are high and Brock believes the core will be able to meet the demands.

"We have a lot of great players and talent across the board," he said. "We go 15 players deep so we just have to keep going and not to miss a beat. I have very high hopes for this offense."

He started playing football late, then went on to having to battle to make the Knights' roster, to now being one of the pieces to what has the potential to be a highly efficient offense.

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