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J.J. Jennings

J.J. Jennings (College football.  Born, Holyoke, MA, Aug. 16, 1952.)  James J. Jennings set nine school records during his three-year career as a running back at Rutgers (1971-73).  As a senior, Jennings led the nation in scoring (128 points) and had a 230-yard rushing game against Massachusetts (Oct. 6, 1973.)  In 33 college games, he […]

Bob Naso

Bob Naso (College football, lacrosse.  Born, Garden City Park, NY, Sept. 11, 1937.)  A successful lacrosse coach at Rutgers, Robert J. Naso was much less successful with Columbia football.  Naso became Columbia’s 13th head coach Dec. 18, 1979, but his five seasons (1980-84) produced a dismal 4-43-2 record.  His teams never won more than one […]

Homer Hazel

Homer Hazel (College football.  Born, Pifford, NY, June 2, 1895; died, Marshall, MI, Feb. 3, 1968.)  Having lettered in 1916, Homer Howard Hazel left Rutgers due to financial problems, but returned to become one of the school’s most storied football heroes.  Hazel was an all-American as an end in 1923, was shifted to fullback the […]

William Gummere

William Gummere (College football.  Born, Trenton, NJ, June 24, 1850; died, Newark, NJ, Jan. 26, 1933.)  As a Princeton undergraduate, William Stryker Gummere was a prime mover (with William S. Leggett (q.v.) of Rutgers) in the creation of what became intercollegiate football.  In response to a challenge, the two schools met Nov. 6, 1869, at […]

Doug Graber

Doug Graber (College football.  Born, Detroit, MI, Sept. 26, 1944.)  A football coach at high school, college, and pro levels, Douglas Graber was head coach at Rutgers for six seasons (1990-95).  Graber came to Rutgers after seven seasons as an N.F.L. assistant with Kansas City (1983-86) and Tampa Bay (1987-89).  His recruits included back-to-back Big […]

Bob Naso

Bob Naso (College football, lacrosse.  Born, Garden City Park, NY, Sept. 11, 1937.)  A successful lacrosse coach at Rutgers, Robert J. Naso was much less successful with Columbia football.  Naso became Columbia’s 13th head coach Dec. 18, 1979, but his five seasons (1980-84) produced a dismal 4-43-2 record.  His teams never won more than one […]

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