Ray Lucas fills void for Rutgers Radio

Rutgers had a tall task in replacing now athletic director Tim Pernetti as the color voice of Rutgers Radio this off-season. But, in the mind of Pernetti, who could the former Rutgers tight end possibly trust more to take over than the man who threw the ball to him back in the day?

That's right. The Scarlet Knights have chosen former Rutgers and NFL quarterback Ray Lucas to join the Rutgers Football Radio Network, replacing Pernetti who moved on to a plush office at the RAC.

"We are thrilled to bring Ray back to Rutgers as a part of our radio broadcast team," Pernetti said in a statement. "He has a terrific understanding of the game and a great foundation in television with his work on SNY. We are excited to have a professional with his talents joining our radio crew."

Lucas, who played for Rutgers from 1992-95, is fifth in school history with 5,896 career passing yards and trails just Mike Teel and Ryan Hart with his 43 career touchdown passes.

Along with his knowledge of Rutgers football history, as a former player, Lucas brings an extensive knowledge of the next level to the job after spending 1996-2002 in the NFL with Patriots, Jets, Dolphins and Ravens.

Lucas, although primarily a backup, started three games for the Jets in 1999. He threw 18 career touchdowns and has 3,029 passing yards.

As a sports analyst, Lucas has spent time as a Jets' analyst on various SportsNet New York broadcasts.

Lucas, a member of the Hudson County Sports Hall of Fame, will join play-by-play announcer Chris Carlin and sideline reporter Anthony Fucilli for the Scarlet Knights' opening game Sept. 7 against Cincinnati in the newly expanded Rutgers Stadium.

USA Today preseason coaches' poll
The Florida Gators of the SEC, college football's defending champions, received 53 of 59 first place votes in headlining the top spot in the coaches' poll. Texas, Oklahoma, USC, and Alabama, rounded out the top 5, respectively.

Several non-BCS teams crashed the pre-season party including #16 Boise State, #17 TCU, #18 Utah, and #24 BYU.

The Big East did not receive sufficient votes to place a single team in the Top 25, although several of its members are on the cusp. In the also receiving votes category, the Bearcats of Cincinnati, #29 overall, led the league as the top vote-getter, with 90, followed by Pittsburgh's 64, West Virginia's 55 and Rutgers' 51, in that order. South Florida rounded out the Big East's grouping, receiving 11 votes, ahead of 19 other teams.

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