April 16, 2007

Jeremy Ito: A leg you can count on

There are many times when the outcome of a game rests
on a single leg. With expectations higher than ever
in Piscataway, splitting the uprights at the end of a
game this Fall could mean a BCS bid. Luckily for
Scarlet Knight fans, Rutgers begins its drive for the
BCS with veteran Jeremy Ito at place-kicker.

"Having played in over thirty-some odd games really
boosts my confidence," said the Californian. "I'm
ready for the high-pressure situations."

Ito will not only be responsible for late game
dramatics, but he might also be called upon to help
win the battle of field position. Ito has slid into
the spot of punter vacated by Joe Radigan. That could
change in the summer when junior college punter Teddy
Dellaganna joins the mix, but coach Greg Schiano is
confident that Ito will be ready if needed.

"Jeremy's doing very well adjusting. I think he'll be
just fine at both positions," Schiano said.

Punting is nothing new to Ito. He was a standout
punter in high school, averaging 40.3 yards per punt
his senior season. In preparation for the double
duties, Ito talked about his off-season training.

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