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2003 PREVIEW: Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Rutgers needs to turn everything around in a hurry. When head coach Greg Schiano arrived three years ago after serving as Miami's defensive coordinator, he was going to change the program with a new attitude and an overall upgrade in talent. The athleticism is getting better with 25 players from Florida, while Schiano has convinced some of the top New Jersey players to stay at home. Now the team needs to get more physical, especially on the offensive line. The Scarlet Knights weren't even close to being competitive for most of last season with no offensive firepower whatsoever. The skill players were young and fighting through growing pains, but they weren't able to progress behind one of the worst lines in America.
Head coach: Greg Schiano
3rd year: 2-20
Returning O Lettermen: 20
Returning D Lettermen: 22
Returning ST Lettermen: 1
Lettermen Lost: 10
1. CB Nate Jones, Sr.
2. DE Raheem Orr, Sr.
3. CB Brandon Haw, Sr.
4. LB Brian Bender, Sr.
5. QB Ryan Hart, Soph.
6. C Marty Pyszczymuka, Sr.
7. LB Brian Hohmann, Sr.
8. DT Gary Gibson, Sr.
9. RB Markis Facyson, Soph.
10. WR Shawn Tucker, Soph.
9/6 at Michigan State
9/13 at Army
10/4 Virginia Tech
10/11 at West Virginia
10/25 at Temple
11/8 at UConn
11/15 Boston College
11/22 at Miami
2003 Recruiting Class
Star of the Class
Donnie Diaz WR Jr. 6-6 195 Grand Rapids, Minn./Johnson/Itasca CC
Jamar Brittingham RB Fr. 6-1 195 Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy/Kiski Prep
Marcus Daniels WR Fr. 6-2 185 Miami, Fla./Miami Central
*Clint Dato OL Jr. 6-5 325 La Habra, Calif./La Habra/Cerritos CC
Michael Fladell OL Fr. 6-8 350 Howard Beach, N.Y./John Adams
Eric Foster LB Fr. 6-1 225 Homestead, Fla./Homestead Senior
Willie Foster WR Fr. 5-10 185 Miami, Fla./Miami Central
Quintero Frierson LB Fr. 6-0 215 Coral Gables, Fla./Coral Gables
Ken Gillespie LB/S Fr. 6-0 205 Long Branch, N.J./Long Branch
Ron Green OL Jr. 6-6 320 Linden, N.J./Linden/Dixie State (Utah) JC
Justise Hairston RB Fr. 6-1 210 New Britain, Conn./New Britain/Milford
David Harley DT Jr. 6-1 300 Tallahassee, Fl/Lincoln/Pasadena (Calif.) CC
*Samuel Johnson TE Fr. 6-4 240 Midland Park, N.J./Bergen Catholic
Orlando Kane WR Fr. 5-9 170 Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence
Brad Listori TE Fr. 6-4 225 Milford, Conn./Notre Dame HS
Joe Porter DB Fr. 5-9 175 Franklin Township, N.J./Franklin
Rashawn Ricks LB Fr. 6-3 235 Paterson, N.J./Paterson Catholic
Derek Roberson DB Fr. 5-10 170 Oakland Park, Fla./Northeast
Terrence Shawell QB Fr. 6-4 190 Pottstown, Pa./Pottstown Senior
Pedro Sosa OL Fr. 6-5 275 Union City, N.J./Union Hill
Devraun Thompson FB Fr. 5-11 215 Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway
Charles "Tre" Timbers DB Fr. 5-10 170 Oakhurst, N.J./Long Branch
*Potential Instant Impact Players