Scarlet Fever: Is There A Better Story In College Sports This Year?

By Richard Kent
Updated: November 16, 2006

CONNECTICUT — Rutgers University is currently 9-0 and still has dreams of playing for a national championship against the winner of the Ohio State – Michigan game.

Is this for real or is this just a dream? The Scarlet Knights were once the doormat of college football in this country and once is defined as four years ago.

They now sit very prominently in the top 10 and have a possibility of playing for the national championship in Arizona or at the very least the Sugar Bowl against a probable opponent by the name of Notre Dame or the Orange Bowl against Georgia Tech if it wins the ACC.

The key to the whole season was their 28-25 victory over Louisville in front of the largest college football television history of the New York City market.

Rutgers never would have beaten Louisville without the play of star running back and Heisman candidate Ray Rice, freshman receiver Kenny Britt or star kicker Jeremy Ito.


Britt is perhaps the most surprising of the trio as he was a relatively unknown but very heralded freshman going into the game. A 6-foot-4, 205-pound native of Bayonne, N.J., the 19-year old Britt didn’t play in the teams’ first seven games but against UConn had two receptions for 13 yards.

He had a coming out party against Louisville with two receptions for a total of 82 yards including a 67-yard play which led to a very key Rutgers touchdown.

The wide receiver was originally going to sign with Illinois and master recruiter Ron Zook but ended up signing with Rutgers in February, 2006. Britt is a very talented wide receiver who is only lacking some upper body strength to have the full package.

He runs clean routes and has very good ball skills. He uses his body well to shield defenses away so he can make the tough catch as he did against Louisville.

Britt runs a 4.5 and is able to bench 245 pounds and squat 405 pounds. In addition to Rutgers and Illinois he was also recruited by Minnesota, North Carolina and West Virginia.

Rutgers has two of the nation’s best running backs in Rice and Brian Leonard but if Rutgers is to make a dent on the national scene at the end of the season, quarterback Mike Teel will need some top flight receivers to step up to the fore and Britt is certainly the most prominent.

If nothing else, he is certainly headed for All-American status as a junior or a senior. Britt certainly doesn’t regret his ultimate college choice and now knows that parents, friends and family can easily come to see him play at Rutgers Stadium.

Watch out for the Scarlet Knights and Britt. They are destined for a dream finish this season.