Rutgers University Has a Football Team Really

By Richard Kent
Updated: February 17, 2006

Ray Rice

Ray Rice

Rutgers University has a football team. Really. They went to a bowl game this year and lost narrowly to Arizona State, a team that led USC at the half.

The Sporting News has picked the Rutgers backfield of Brian Leonard and Ray Rice as no. 1 in the country. That is quite an honor and recruiting kudos go to head coach Greg Schiano.

Rice was a freshman last year and garnered all kinds of honors from both the Big East and nationally. He went to high school at New Rochelle in New York and was First Team All State and Co-Player of the Year. He has 4.4 speed and is very strong having benched in excess of 295 pounds.

When talking about his game Rice says “I’m good in the open field but I have the power to escape tackles.”

Rice had originally committed to Syracuse but when they lost their head coach Paul Pasqualoni he decided that he would choose Rutgers over an offer also from Virginia. Wisconsin was also in the picture.

What really turned Rice onto Rutgers was the facilities, calling them the best in America.

In the aforesaid bowl game Rice ran for 108 yards and 20 carries. Against South Florida in a loss he had 158 yards and may have saved his best game for a 2 point win against UConn on the road when he rushed for 217 yards and willed his team to victory in the fourth quarter after three years of disastrous losses to UConn both home and on the road. Rice will be an integral part of a 2006 Rutgers football team that hopes to go to a BCS bowl.

The Scarlet Knights play an ambitious schedule with a road game in North Carolina, Illinois at home, Navy on the road and West Virginia at home on national television on December 2.

Rice likes the schedule and the challenges presented by many of the out of Conference foes.

Look for the Scarlet to be a Big East title contender next year and for Rice to be one of the main reasons.

He should be playing for many years in the NFL.