smazza Posted August 6, 2008 Group: Member Topic Count: 0 Content Count: 64,923 Reputation: 2,106 Days Won: 172 Joined: 01/01/2001 Share Posted August 6, 2008 Bulked-up Abreu back, poised to perform for RutgersWednesday, August 06, 2008 BY TOM LUICCIStar-Ledger StaffFor most of his life -- and through travels that began in his native Dominican Republic, took him to Brooklyn for 10 years, then to Utah for two more before ending in Union City -- Manny Abreu was a superior athlete in search of sport. Basketball was his love until he showed up at Union Hill High School's football practice as a freshman. Advertisement "The first time I put on pads I broke a starting cornerback's collarbone," Abreu said after Rutgers' first day of preseason practice yesterday. "I was playing tight end, did a drag route, caught the ball and he hit me and I ran him over. "That was it for him." It was also enough to convince Abreu. "That's when I knew I might be good at football," he said. Rutgers fans haven't seen much yet of the player who was rated the nation's No. 2 weakside linebacker after his senior year in high school because of a hip injury that limited him to two games as a true freshman last year. But they will see more of him this fall -- in a couple of ways. Not only did Abreu open camp yesterday at Rutgers Stadium as the starter at strongside linebacker for the Knights, he did so after checking in at an imposing 6-3, 245 -- 30 pounds more than he weighed a year ago. "I hope he can pick up where he left off in the spring," Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said. "I think Manny improved quite a bit this spring. He has the physical abilities to be a tremendous player. It's just going to be a matter of how fast he gets it all. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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