June 27, 2007

See Ray Run - all the way to the Heisman Trophy

Last year, the preseason Rutgers media blitz focused on the Heisman candidacy of fullback Brian Leonard. With Leonard now in the professional ranks, the local and national attention now turns to his backfield mate, Ray Rice.

In an effort to boost Ray Rice higher into the Heisman limelight, Rutgers has constructed a website on the star running back called SeeRayRun.com. The site includes comprehensive stats, video highlights, a photo gallery and everything you ever wanted to know about the Heisman Trophy candidate.

"I think it's a great recognition for me and for Rutgers, to get the spotlight out there for our school," said Rice. "It's just one of those things I'm just glad to be a part of. It puts our team out there. Now I just have to go out and perform."

All the Heisman hype combined with the departure of Brian Leonard is likely to place heavier expectations on Rice's capable shoulders. But that added onus doesn't seem to have any effect on him.

"I don't think there's more added pressure," said Rice. "The pressure from last year, I can't really let it get to me too much. I can never do anything without my teammates. As much as they're promoting me, I'd like to promote my teammates as well."

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