April 22, 2007

A bright day for the Scarlet Nation

You know you've become a big time program when the boss comes to watch you play a practice game that doesn't even count in the standings. Rutgers alum James Gandolfini (a.k.a. Tony Soprano) showed up to show his support at the Spring Game. As he signed autographs on the sidelines, Big T kept a tight lip about what the series finale has in store for the boss.

Out on the fifty-yard line, it was all smiles as the Spring Football Awards were distributed at halftime. Junior linebacker Kevin Malast took home the Frank R. Burns Award which is given to the player who shows extraordinary mental and physical toughness during spring practice. Malast, who recorded nine tackles on the day, talked about winning the award.

"It's a tremendous honor coming from Coach Schiano and the staff," said Malast. "I just worked real hard to do what I can for this team. It's really nice that it paid off like that. Now I just have to continue to get better."

Sophomore sensation Kenny Britt was honored with the Mark Mills Second Effort Award. This award is given to the most improved offensive player. Britt caught 5 passes in the Spring Game for a total of 73 yards in just two short quarters of play. Quarterback Mike Teel touched on what it's like to play with such a talented receiver.

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