Notes: Davis' decision, McCourty's eye, more

Rutgers won its fourth straight bowl game, a 45-24 pasting of Central Florida in the St. Petersburg Bowl. But was it junior left tackle Anthony Davis' last college game? Cornerback Devin McCourty missed most of the game with an eye injury, but he spoke to afterward to give an update. Also, it wasn't the ankle that kept Tim Brown out of the game in the third quarter. What was it?

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Offensive lineman Anthony Davis decided to stay close to home to play college football and in the process became one of Rutgers' most highly publicized recruits.

Three years later he is about to become the third Scarlet Knight in three years to leave early for the NFL draft.

Davis, a junior, has a press conference scheduled for Tuesday. According to several people close to Davis, he will announce he is leaving Rutgers for the NFL.

On the field after Saturday's 45-24 triumph against Central Florida in the St. Petersburg Bowl on Saturday, several teammates hugged Davis and told him they were happy to send him out with a win.

"I'm going to have a press conference on (Tuesday), after I talk to my parents and coach (Greg) Schiano,'' Davis said.

When asked how many players schedule a news conference to announce they were staying in school, Davis took a few moments before smiling and saying, "Jake Locker,'' in reference to Washington's quarterback.

However, Davis is not expected to follow Locker's lead.

"I'll sit down with my family and my coaches and take it from there,'' he said.

McCourty's scare
Rutgers fifth-year senior cornerback Devin McCourty had a huge scare early in the game when he was having vision trouble with his right eye.

"He really couldn't see very well,'' Schiano said. "It's not something we're going to mess around with.''

McCourty was inadvertently poked in the eye in the first quarter. After being checked out on the sideline, he was transported to a local hospital and examined by a specialist.

During the stay he said he kept up with the game via messages from his brother, Jason, who is in his first year in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans.

"I'm fine now,'' McCourty said. "An eye specialist looked at it, and he said everything worked out fine. I got poked, but once they looked at it, everything was fine.''

McCourty was able to make it back to the field with about a minute to play and celebrate the win with his teammates.

"The (doctors) wouldn't let me go back in, but to be at the hospital and hear how they were playing was great,'' McCourty said. "For them to come out and get the win, it just put a stamp on my five years here. I was trying to sign out of the hospital just to get back on the field to celebrate with the guys.''

Not the ankle, but the belly
The saga of how much senior receiver Tim Brown would be able to play because of a sprained ankle turned into something he could barely stomach.

No, the ankle didn't both Brown, who made four catches for 99 yards, including a 65-yard scoring reception. He said he took a shot of cortisone before the game to manage the pain.

But Brown missed much of the third quarter because of an upset stomach.

"I wasn't feeling good when I got up in the morning,'' Brown said. "The coaches gave me time after the half to make sure I was ok and good to go.''

Holding pattern
The Scarlet Knights made a not-so-subtle change in the kicking game when defensive back Patrick Kivlehan replaced punter Teddy Dellaganna as the holder.

Dellaganna had been having issues as a holder, dropping two of them this season. Kivlehan had no problems in his first game as the holder for placekicker San San Te.

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