Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The Big Three

The Big Three: Underwood, Britt and Brown create havoc for opposing defenses
Rutgers sophomore and junior wide receivers Kenny Britt, Tim Brown and Tiquan Underwood certainly took advantage of the late season opportunities they were given during Rutgers 2006 season. Each receiver played a crucial part in the team's success later in the season and has been able to use that experience from the start of the Scarlet Knights recent quest for a B.C.S. Bowl Bid and the first Big East Conference championship in Rutgers school history. Each receiver brings a different game to the table, yet the most impressive attribute each has are their unselfishness on the football field. You will never see these three talent young receivers complaining to Rutgers quarterback Mike Teel over the number of passes they get each game, yet they work together to create a triple threat that is almost impossible for opposing defenses to stop. Underwood, Britt and Brown have all had their share of recent success and punish defenses when they center in on one or the other. Underwood emerged as a threat last season after the injury to top receiver Shawn Tucker during Rutgers game against Howard with impressive performances against Pittsburgh and other teams until an in jury forced him to miss the West Virginia and Kansas State games. Underwood continued where he left off when he exploded in the season and home opener against Buffalo tallying over 200 receiving yards and breaking the school's single-game record for receiving yards in a game. Britt also enjoyed success late last season as a true freshman during the Scarlet Knight's thrilling victory against Louisville and through the rest of the 2006 season. Kenny also showed great strength and speed with his 176 receiving yards at the first half. Brown played a crucial role in the Knights first ever bowl victory over Kansas State with two touchdowns. The uniqueness that each of these receivers’ exhibits on the field has paid its dividends for all three and has given headaches to opposing defensive coordinators. Underwood became the first Rutgers receiver to have a string of 4 games in which he had 100 yards receiving or more. He and Britt are on pace to accumulate 1,000 receiving yards each. In Rutgers 138 seasons of college football, the Scarlet Knights have only had one 1,000-yard receiver (Tres Moses in 2003). The three are a close unit who can usually be seen arm-locked when running out for pre-game and half time warm ups. The future certainly looks bright for Rutgers behind these three young stars, and especially dim for their Big East challengers.
-Mike Briggs
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