HOWARD (1-0) at RUTGERS (1-0)
Saturday, September 8 • 3:35 p.m. • BIG EAST Network/SNY
High Point Solutions Stadium
Radio: Rutgers Radio Network
(710-WOR; 1450-WCTC; 610-WIP)
Live Stats: ScarletKnights.com
Series: Rutgers Leads 2-0
• Rutgers looks to start the season 2-0 for the second time in three seasons Saturday as the Scarlet Knights host Howard. Kickoff is set for 3:35 p.m. from High Point Solutions Stadium with live television coverage on the BIG EAST Network (SNY). Coverage on the Rutgers Radio Network begins at 2:30 p.m. on WOR-710 AM in New York City, WCTC-1450 AM in Central Jersey and WIP-610 AM in Philadelphia and South Jersey.
• The BIG EAST Network broadcast is also available in the following television markets: Tampa (Brighthouse), Orlando (Brighthouse), Balitmore (MASN2), Milwaukee (TW-WI), San Antonio (KCWX), New Orleans (COX), Providence (COX) and Green Bay (TW-WI2).
• Rutgers and Howard meet for the third time in series history Saturday with the Scarlet Knights holding a 2-0 series advantage. The last time the two schools met, Rutgers earned a 45-7 victory in Piscataway in 2009. Rutgers rushed for 245 yards in the 2009 victory and totaled 468 yards of total offense.
The Head Coaches
• Rutgers: Kyle Flood (Iona ‘93) is in his first season as the head coach at Rutgers. The 29th coach at the Birthplace of College Football, Flood served the previous seven years under Greg Schiano at RU, including a run of five consecutive bowl victories and bowl appearances in six of the last seven years. The last time Rutgers promoted an assistant coach on staff to the head coaching position was the naming of Frank Burns to replace John Bateman in 1973 — and Burns became the winningest coach in school history.
• Howard: Gary Harrell (Howard, ‘94) is in his second season at his Alma Mater, going 6-6 in his first 12 games with the Bison. Last season, Harrell guided Howard to a 5-6 record. Harrell, affectionately known as “The Flea,” was a favorite for his calculating and precise on-field exploits. He ranks in the top five all-time in school history for receiving and punt returns. Harrell was a four-year letterwinner as a wide receiver and punt return specialist at Howard.
Home Sweet Home
Rutgers is 97-36-10 in home openers, including an 8-4 mark since 2000. The Scarlet Knights have won two straight home openers by a combined score of 79-0. RU defeated Norfolk State 31-0 in 2010 and North Carolina Central 48-0 in 2011.
Rutgers Head Coaching Debuts
Since 1924, Rutgers head coaches in their RU debut are 11-1. The only loss was a 15-12 setback for Dick Anderson at No. 11/7 Penn State 15-12 in 1984.
All-time, Rutgers head coaches are 14-11-1 in their first game “On the Banks.”
The following is a list of the head coaching debuts in Rutgers football history:
Kyle Flood (9/1/2012) at Tulane W, 24-12
Greg Schiano (8/31/2001) at Buffalo W, 31-15
Terry Shea (8/31/1996) vs. Villanova W, 38-28
Doug Graber (9/8/1990) vs. Kentucky W, 24-8
Dick Anderson (9/8/1984) at 11/7 Penn St. L, 15-12
Frank Burns (9/22/1973) at Lehigh W, 31-13
John Bateman (9/24/1960) at Princeton W, 13-8
John Steigman (9/22/1956) vs. Ohio Wesleyan W, 33-13
Harvey Harman (9/24/1938) vs. Marietta W, 20-0
J. Wilder Tasker (9/26/1931) vs. Providence W, 19-0
Harry Rockafeller (10/1/1927) vs. Manhattan W, 8-0
John Wallace (9/27/1924) vs. Villanova W, 14-0
George Sanford (9/27/1913) at Princeton L, 14-3
Howard Gargan (10/1/1910) vs. F&M T, 0-0
Herman Pritchard 10/2/1909) vs. Fordham L, 9-0
Joseph Smith (10/3/1908) at Navy L, 18-0
F.H. Gorton (9/28/1906) at Fordham W, 6-0
A.E. Hitchner (10/1/1904) at Stevens W, 4-0
Oliver Mann (9/26/1903) at Fordham L, 15-0
Harry Van Hovenberg (9/28/1902) at Manhattan L, 6-0
Arthur Robinson (10/2/1901) vs. Columbia L, 27-0
Michael Daly (9/26/1900) vs. CCNY W, 5-0
William Van Dyck (9/28/1898) at Lehigh L, 12-0
John Pendleton (10/3/1896) at Princeton L, 44-0
H.W. Ambruster (9/28/1895) vs. Lehigh L, 25-0
William Reynolds (10/3/1891) at Princeton L, 12-0
Rutgers vs. the MEAC
Rutgers is 8-0 all-time vs. schools from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). In the last six meetings vs. MEAC opponents since 2006, Rutgers has outscored the opposition 277-14.
Rutgers All-Time vs. MEAC Opponents
North Carolina Central (9/1/11) W, 48-0
Norfolk State (9/2/10) W, 31-0
Howard (9/12/09) W, 45-7
Morgan State (9/27/08) W, 38-0
Norfolk State (9/15/07) W, 59-0
Howard (9/23/06) W, 56-7
Morgan State (11/18/72) W, 37-14
Morgan State (11/27/71) W, 27-8
This Week’s Opponent: Howard
True freshman quarterback Jamie Cunningham connected on a 13-yard touchdown pass to David Wilson with 22 seconds remaining to lift Howard University to a 30-29 win over Morehouse College in the Second Annual AT&T Nation’s Football Classic at RFK Stadium before 16,911.
The Bison rank 66th in the Football Championship Subdivision in total offense (317.0 yards per game), 65th in rushing offense (106.0 yards per game), 45th in passing offense (211 yards per game) and tied for 33rd in scoring offense (30 points per game).
On defense, the Bison rank 74th in total defense (472 yards per game), 70th in rushing defense (218.0 yards per game), 79th in pass defense (254 yards per game) and tied for 54th in scoring defense (29 points per game).
Welcome to The Banks
Three true freshmen made their collegiate debuts for the Scarlet Knights in the season-opener at Tulane. Leonte Carroo, Darius Hamilton and Kyle Federico were the first three members of the 2012 recruiting class to see the field for RU.
Three additional redshirt freshmen appeared in their first game as Scarlet Knights at Tulane - LB Quentin Gause, TE Tyler Kroft and K Anthony DiPaula.
Shutting Down the Run
Rutgers held Tulane to eight yards rushing on 16 attempts in the Sept. 1 victory over the Green Wave. It marked the sixth time since 2000 Rutgers held an opponent to less than 10 yards rushing in a game.
Last season, despite having the best overall defense in the BIG EAST and the nation’s 14th ranked total defense, RU allowed 141.9 rushing yards per game (last in BIG EAST).
Fewest Rushing Yards Allowed (Since 2000)
1. -25 vs. Texas Southern 10/10/09
2. -23 vs. Cincinnati 11/26/05
3. -11 vs. Pittsburgh 9/30./05
4. -6 vs. Ohio 9/16/06
5. 8 at Tulane 9/1/12
8 vs. North Carolina Central 9/1/11
Three Road Games in the Month of September
For only the third time in 143 seasons of football, Rutgers opens the season with three road games in the month of September.
Rutgers and Miami are the only two BCS teams nationally to have three road games in 2012 in September.
RU has never lost a game in the month of September on the road when having three road games in the month. The Scarlet Knights are 6-0-1 in those September road games.
Three Road Games in September
at Tulane (9/1/12) W, 24-12
at USF (9/13/12)
at Arkansas (9/22/12)
at Boston College (9/6/86) W, 11-9
at Kentucky (9/13/86) T, 16-16
at Syracuse (9/27/86) W, 16-10
at Navy (9/11/76) W, 13-3
at Bucknell (9/18/76) W, 19-7
at Princeton (9/25/76) W, 17-0
Ground and Pound
As a team, Rutgers rushed for 151 yards in the 24-12 victory over Tulane (Sept. 1). Going back to last year, RU has eclipsed the century mark on the ground in four of the last five games. Since 2000, Rutgers is 42-16 in games when rushing for 150 yards or more.
Rushing Game-by-Game (Last Five Games)
Opponent Rushing Yards
at Tulane (9/1/12) 151
Iowa State (12/30/11) 173
at Connecticut (11/26/11) -9
Cincinnati (11/19/11) 203
at Army (11/12/11) 118
Remembering a Rutgers Legend
Former Rutgers head coach and player Frank Robert Burns passed away on July 14, 2012. In 2012, every Scarlet Knight will wear a “FRB” sticker on their helmet in honor of Burns.
Burns attended Rutgers from 1945-48. He was elected president of his class and as quarterback and linebacker, helped lead Rutgers to a combined 27-7 record. He received All-East recognition and played in the East-West Shrine game.
Burns also participated with the Eastern College All-Stars against the NFL Champion New York Giants and was named MVP with 17 tackles. He returned to his alma mater in 1961 as an assistant football coach.
As head coach, from 1973 to 1983, Burns earned the most wins in school history, 78, including an undefeated season in 1976. He was named the Walter Camp Foundation Coach of the Year in 1976 and the New Jersey Football Writers Coach of the Year in 1976, 1978 and 1979. In 1993, Burns was inducted into the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni. He was also a member of the Rutgers Athletic Hall of Fame and the New Jersey Athletic Hall of Fame.
Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood looks to become just the 11th coach in school history to record a winning season in his first year at RU. The last first-year Rutgers head coach to post a winning record was Dick Anderson in 1984, going 7-3.
Head Coach (Year) Record
Kyle Flood (2012) 1-0
Greg Schiano (2001) 2-9, 0-7 BIG EAST
Terry Shea (1996) 2-9, 1-6 BIG EAST
Doug Graber (1990) 3-8
Dick Anderson (1984) 7-3
Frank Burns (1973) 6-5
John Bateman (1960) 8-1
John Steigman (1956) 3-7
Harvey Harman (1938) 7-1
J. Wilder Tasker (1931) 4-3-1
Harry Rockafeller (1927) 4-4
John Wallace (1924) 7-1-1
George Sanford (1913) 6-3
Howard Gargan (1910) 3-2-3
Herman Pritchard (1909) 3-5-1
Joseph Smith (1908) 3-5-1
F.H. Gorton (1906) 5-2-2
A.E. Hitchner (1904) 1-6-2
Oliver Mann (1903) 4-4-1
Harry Van Hovenberg (1902) 3-7
Arthur Robinson (1901) 0-7
Michael Daly (1900) 4-4
William Van Dyck (1898) 1-6-1
John Pendleton (1896) 5-7
H.W. Ambruster (1895) 3-4
William Reynolds (1891) 8-6
New Nike Pro Combat Uniforms
Rutgers unveiled new football uniforms for the 2012 season featuring Nike Pro Combat System of Dress technology combined with unique design inspiration that harkens back to the Scarlet Knights rich tradition and history.
The fully integrated uniform system incorporates the latest in performance innovation and design while paying tribute to the school’s long-time mascot and identity as the Scarlet Knights.
The new uniform features true knight-like designs such as metallic accents and battle “scars” throughout the fabrication. The true knights of old donned more battle scars for battles they had been in and won – which meant they had a uniform that had truly been battle tested. Similarly, the Scarlet Knight’s Nike Pro Combat football jersey features added inset ribbing around the shoulders that are made to look like iron plates, yet also enhance the actual technology of the uniform by providing impact and abrasion-resistant screen print allowing for even less “give” and fewer grab points. The pant stripe comes to a point and features a beveled-edge design much like a sword pant, and ties directly into the knight’s plume on the all-new chrome finish helmet. The uniform also features an all-new knight-driven number and font system specific to the team that features a chainmail texture.
Big Play Brandon
Sophomore wide receiver Brandon Coleman has quickly developed into one of the nation’s premier deep threats. The Maryland native has a career yards per reception average of 31.2 and six of his seven career touchdown receptions have covered 34 yards or more.
Coleman has averaged 50.6 yards per touchdown reception in his career.
Coleman’s Career Touchdown Receptions
Opponent Yardage on TD reception
at Tulane (9/1/12) 43
Iowa State (12/30/11) 86
at Connecticut (11/26/11) 92
at Connecticut (11/26/11) 17
at Army (11/12/11) 38
USF (11/5/11) 34
North Carolina Central (9/1/11) 44
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
Senior linebacker Khaseem Greene picked up right where he left off in 2012 after being named BIG EAST Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2011. The Elizabeth native totaled 141 tackles in his first year at linebacker last season, which led the BIG EAST and ranked 12th nationally.
Greene led all players with 14 tackles in Rutgers’ 24-12 victory over Tulane (Sept. 1). He also finished with a sack and pass breakup in the victory over the Green Wave.
Greene was the first Scarlet Knight to be named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and earned All-America honors by SI.com and Phil Steele.
Greene has 251 career tackles and needs just 40 tackles to move into the top 10 at RU.
Since the arrival of Robb Smith as special teams coordinator in 2009, Rutgers has led the nation in blocked kicks. Smith, who was promoted to defensive coordinator in the off-season, guided a special teams unit that scored 10 touchdowns since 2009.
Isaac Holmes blocked a PAT as Joe Rossi took over as special teams coordinator for RU to start the 2012 season at Tulane.
NCAA Team Blocked Kick Leaders Since 2009
1. Rutgers 24
2. Fresno State 22
Defense Ready for 2012
Eight starters return on defense for Rutgers, led by BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year Khaseem Greene. The Scarlet Knights led the BIG EAST in total defense, scoring defense, pass defense and pass efficiency defense in 2012.
The Scarlet Knights ranked 14th nationally in total defense (314.2 yards per game), eighth in scoring defense (18.3 points per game), ninth in pass defense (172.3 yards per game), fifth in pass efficiency defense (101.5), eighth in tackles-for-loss (7.6 per game), 15th in sacks (2.7 per game) and ninth in third down defense (31.9 %).
Senior safety Duron Harmon earned All-BIG EAST first team honors a season ago while junior cornerback Logan Ryan collected All-BIG EAST second team accolades.
Under 300 the Magic Number
The Rutgers defense held four opponents to under 300 yards of total offense in 2011, going 4-0 in those contests. Since 2000, Rutgers is 41-4 when limiting the opposition to less than 300 yards of total offense.
RU limited Tulane to 262 yards of total offense in the Sept. 1 victory in the Superdome.
Churning Out the Victories on the Ground
Rutgers is 42-16 when rushing for 150 yards or more in a game since 2000.
The Scarlet Knights went 4-1 in 2011 when eclipsing the 150-yard mark in a game. Since 2006, Rutgers is 30-7 when going over the 150-yard plateau on the ground in a game.
RU rushed for 151 yards in the 24-12 victory over Tulane in the season’s first game.
Most Starts in the BIG EAST
Senior defensive tackle Scott Vallone has started 39 consecutive games - the most of any current active player in the BIG EAST. The Long Island native, who has played both nose tackle and three-technique for the Scarlet Knights, has started every game of his Rutgers career since his redshirt freshman season in Piscataway.
First Top 25 Recruiting Class Ready to Go
Head coach Kyle Flood was able to land Rutgers’ first Top 25 recruiting class according to Rivals.com last February. The Scarlet Knights’ class was ranked 24th nationally, tops in the BIG EAST, led by five-star defensive tackle Darius Hamilton.
ESPN also rated Rutgers the best recruiting class in the BIG EAST and 24th nationally as well.
Hamilton was rated the 11th overall player nationally by Rivals.com, the highest-rated recruit to ever select a BIG EAST school. The Rivals.com National Defensive Player of the Year, Hamilton is currently second on the depth chart at defensive tackle.
Turning into a Lockdown Corner
Junior cornerback Logan Ryan blossomed into one of the BIG EAST’s top cornerbacks in 2011 as a sophomore, earning All-BIG EAST second team honors. The South Jersey native returns as one of the nation’s elite corners and the BIG EAST’s best cornerback according to ESPN.com’s Andrea Adelson.
In 2012, Ryan has been named to the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation’s top defensive back.
Ryan, who was also named to the watch list for the Bednarik Award, finished with All-BIG EAST second team honors in 2011 as a first-year starter. Ryan finished third on the team in tackles (67) and led RU in pass breakups (14) as part of the nation’s ninth-best pass defense.
Jamison Joins Elite Company
Sophomore running back Jawan Jamison became the third freshman running back in school history to rush for 200 yards in a game last season vs. Cincinnati. Jamison rushed the ball 34 times for 200 yards and two touchdowns in the victory over the Bearcats.
The only other freshman running backs in Rutgers history to rush for 200 yards in a game were Terrell Willis at Army in 1993 (221 yards) and Ray Rice at Connecticut in 2005 (217 yards).
Starting the Season with 100
Jawan Jamison rushed for 112 yards on just 18 carries (6.2 yards per carry average) in Rutgers’ season-opening 24-12 victory over Tulane. Jamison has rushed for 100 yards or more in three of his last four games dating back to 2011.
The Florida native scored on a 46-yard touchdown run against the Green Wave, the second-longest scoring run of his career. His longest TD run was his 56-yard run vs. Army at Yankee Stadium in 2011.
Explosive Plays on the Ground
After finishing the 2011 season with nine rushes of 20 yards or longer as a team, Rutgers started 2012 with a bang vs. Tulane.
RU had three carries of 20 yards or longer vs. the Green Wave, including two by Jawan Jamison. Sophomore RB Savon Huggins’ career-long run of 31 yards rounded out the 20-yard runs vs. the Green Wave.
Year Long Rush Plays of 20+ Yards
Watch Out ...
Below are the members of the 2012 Rutgers Football team on preseason national award watch lists:
Player Award Watch List
Steve Beauharnais Butkus Award
Khaseem Greene Bronko Nagurski Award
Khaseem Greene Lombardi Award
Khaseem Greene Bednarik Award
Logan Ryan Jim Thorpe Award
Logan Ryan Bednarik Award
Doing Work off the Field
Khaseem Greene has been nominated for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, it was announced by Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). One of college football’s most prestigious off-the-field honors, the award recognizes a select group of college football players committed to making a difference.
A standout senior linebacker for the Scarlet Knights, Greene has found time to give back to his community through school and hospital visits, as well as his participation in local reading initiatives and toy drives. He also has added his support to former teammate Eric LeGrand’s event, A Walk to Believe, since its inception in 2010. The second annual 5K walk was held in June 2012.
Greene has equally been impressive for RU on the field, leading the conference and ranking 12th nationally with 141 tackles in 2011 to earn BIG EAST Co-Defensive Player of the Year recognition. He received All-America honors in 2011 by SI.com and Phil Steele and is a 2012 Preseason All-America selection.
News and Notes ...
Head coach Kyle Flood announced four players were selected team captains by their teammates: senior LB Steve Beauharnais, senior LB Khaseem Greene, senior DB Mason Robinson and senior WR Tim Wright ... Rutgers will play in four NFL venues in 2012 - Tulane (New Orleans Saints, USF (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Temple (Philadelphia Eagles) and Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh Steelers ... Rutgers finished 2011 9-4 overall to mark the program’s second nine-win season over the previous three years. RU has just three nine-win campaigns since 1980, with all three coming since 2006 ... The Scarlet Knights current five-game bowl winning streak is tied for the nation’s longest active streak with Mississippi State.
The Class of College Football
Rutgers Football continues its established trend as one of the nation’s top programs both on the field and in the classroom as the Scarlet Knights were ranked ninth nationally in Academic Progress Rate according to the latest multi-year APR figures released by the NCAA.
The Rutgers football program was the lone state university to be ranked in the top 10 percent nationally in APR for the fifth consecutive year.
In addition, Rutgers was the only institution to win four bowl games while earning the APR honor in the top 10 percent over the previous five-year span.
Last year, the Rutgers football team achieved the nation’s number two ranking in Academic Progress Rate while earned the nation’s number one mark in 2010.
Rutgers is one of only 12 Football Bowl Subdivision programs to be ranked in the top 10 percent in the APR scores.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team’s academic performance.
Top-performing teams this year posted APR scores ranging from 978 to a perfect 1,000. The number of teams in some sports may exceed 10 percent depending on the number of perfect scores
The most recent APRs are based on scores from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years.