Team preview: Rutgers

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(All information as of July 1, 2005)


Over the last five games of Rutgers' 2004 season -- all losses -- the Scarlet Knights' defense seemingly adopted an open-door policy ... as in, here's the end zone, come on in.

The Scarlet Knights surrendered 38.4 points over the losing stretch that saw Rutgers fall from a 4-2 team with promise to a 4-7 team cohabitating with Temple in the Big East's basement.

When Paul Ferrara left his defensive coordinator post to join the NFL's Carolina Panthers, head coach Greg Schiano conducted a nationwide search until deciding the best man for the job was himself. So now in his fifth year on the job, Schiano has added the pressure of tightening up the defense to the already-present task of lifting Rutgers to a respectable perch in Division I-A football.