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Rutgers Around The Web: 8/27

Less than two days left until kickoff!


It's almost over! It's game week, and before you know it, we'll have game previews and gamethreads and game recaps out the wazoo all over the interwebs. Enjoy some links as you get ready for Fresno State:

Rutgers Season Preview

AAC preview: Rutgers | Lindy's Sports
Lindy's Sports previews Rutgers for the 2013 season.

Player Updates

Ian Thomas can thank Logan Ryan for his move to cornerback | SNY Rutgers
Matt Sugam has an interesting story regarding Ian Thomas and his transition to cornerback.

Tejay Johnson, Davon Jacobs have the speed, versatility to counter Fresno State | Scarlet Scuttlebutt
Ryan Dunleavy of Scarlet Scuttlebutt writes that the two reserves will have the speed necessary to counteract the potent Bulldog offense.

Fresno State Prep

Fresno State Bulldogs tab Josh Quezada as starting RB | Fresno State Football |
BYU transfer Josh Quezada will be the starting running back for the Bulldogs, according to Bryant-Jon Anteola of The Fresno Bee.

Fresno State football video: LB Donavon Lewis on Rutgers preparation | Fresno State Football |
Fresno State linebacker Donavon Lewis recaps fall camp and getting ready for Thursday's season-opening opponent Rutgers. The Bulldogs are preparing for the possibility of a physical, running attack from the Scarlet Knights.

Fresno State head coach Tim DeRuyter talks Rutgers at weekly press conference | SNY Rutgers
Matt Sugam of SNY breaks down Tim DeRuyter's teleconference and what the Fresno State coach had to say about Rutgers.

The State of Rutgers

Rutgers football looks to show it can hang with Michigan and Ohio State in big, bad Big Ten - NY Daily News
In a special feature to the Daily News, Dick Weiss takes an extended look at Rutgers and its transition from the American to the Big Ten. Weiss acknowledges the strides that the program has taken since the early 2000s, but warns that Rutgers fans may not be ready for what the Big Ten has in store.

Larry Coker says Rutgers’ rise through the ranks is good for college football | Scarlet Scuttlebutt
Former Miami and national championship head coach Larry Coker reminisces on what Rutgers football used to be and what the Scarlet Knights have to look forward to in the Big Ten.

College Football Nation

Forde-Yard Dash: Let the games begin? - Yahoo! Sports
Pat Forde and the Forde-Yard Dash return for the 2013 season.

Georgia ready to turn page, TCU plays it close to vest; Overtime - College Football - Stewart Mandel -
The first College Football Overtime of the season is here, courtesy of Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated.

On The Mark: Season preview edition -- college football - ESPN
Mark Schlabach of ESPN gives his On The Mark college football season preview for 2013.

Hodge Podge

Bowl projections: Alabama-Stanford BCS title tops preseason picks - College Football - Stewart Mandel -
Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated projects Rutgers to the Belk Bowl in Charlotte.

The All-Big Ten Recruit Team, August edition: Michigan, Ohio State dominate -
SB Nation's very own Bud Elliott released his August All-B1G recruit team, and Saeed Blacknall joins the list.

Patriots swap one Rutgers player for another, place another on the reserve/NFI list | SNY Rutgers
SNY updates us on Rutgers North as the Patriots sign and release some former Knights.