NCAA Football: Howard at Rutgers

Paul James named to Doak Walker Award watch list

Rutgers’ redshirt running back Paul James has been named to the Doak Walker Award watch list.

The award is given to the best running back in the nation.

James started the first four games of the 2014 season before suffering a knee injury. He rushed for 363 yards on 63 carries (5.8 YPC) with five touchdowns on the ground and two through the air.

The last Rutgers player to be on the Watch List for the Doak Walker Award was Ray Rice in 2007, who was one of three finalists.

Sep 27, 2014; Piscataway, NJ, USA;  Tulane Green Wave quarterback Devin Powell (1) is sacked by Rutgers Scarlet Knights linebacker Steve Longa (3) in the second half at High Points Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Longa added to 2015 Lombardi Award watch list

Redshirt junior linebacker Steve Longa has been put on the watch list for the 2015 Rotary Lombardi Award, the Rotary Club of Houston announced on Tuesday.

The annual honor is awarded to either the top linebacker or offensive or defensive lineman in the country that also exemplifies the discipline of Vince Lombardi.

In 2014, Longa started 13 games as a weakside linebacker, leading the Scarlet Knights in tackles with 102, while also recording two sacks. Through his first two seasons at Rutgers, Longa has 225 total tackles.

The winner of the award will be announced on Dec. 9 at the Bayou Music Center in Houston.


Rutgers plans to honor Carli Lloyd this fall

Rutgers is planning to honor former soccer star Carli Lloyd, who scored three goals as the U.S. Women beat Japan to win the World Cup on Sunday (July 6).

Lloyd, 32, is the all-time leading scorer for the Rutgers women’s soccer program and is a member of the school’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni.

The school has not yet set a date for when they’ll honor Lloyd, but the plan is for it to take place this fall.


NCAA panel approves new rules for women’s basketball

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel announced it has adopted changes to women’s basketball games, including a switch to four 10-minute quarters (June 8).

The new rules, which were also supported by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Board of Directors, are expected to help the pace of the game.

With the switch from two halves to four quarters, the NCAA has also approved a change in the foul system. One-and-ones have been eliminated, so teams will now shoot two free throws on the fifth team foul of each quarter. Each team’s fouls will move back to zero to begin each quarter, unless a team reaches the bonus in the fourth quarter and the game goes to overtime.

Teams will also be able to advance the ball to the frontcourt on a timeout in the final minute of the fourth quarter or overtime.