Donald Brown Has Strong Debut/Moreno Injured and More (Updated)…

So far, so good for Colts rookie running back Donald Brown (Red Bank Catholic), who ran for 58 yards on just 5 carries in the second quarter of their preseason opener against the Vikings, including an 11-yard scamper on his first carry as a pro.

Tough start for Denver Broncos rookie running back Knowshon Moreno (Middletown South), who had 18 yards on three carries in Denver’s preseason opener on Friday night but left the game with a knee injury that may only be a sprain. He is having an MRI today, so hopefully it’s nothing that will be a major setback for the 12th overall pick in the draft. With several backs jockeying for that starting spot, that’s a tough break for Moreno, who started the game at running back and may have had the inside track on locking up that spot but now will have to fight through an injury. Updated  – Good news from the MRI, it’s a slight MCL sprain and Moreno should be ready for the season opener.

–After some earlier reports that junior Nick Macaluso (Middletown South), Moreno’s old teammate, would be stuck as a back-up at linebacker for Stanford this year, this report indicates that he is still very much in the hunt for a starting middle linebacker spot against a true freshman.

–In his first full season as a starter, Rutgers sophomore guard Art Forst (Manasquan) is already being projected by as an All-Big East performer on the offensive line. Rutgers obviously has the best O-line in the conference given the fact that tackle Anthony Davis, a future NFL first-rounder, and center Ryan Blaszczyk, are also preseason first-teamers.

–Wisconsin and tight end Garrett Graham (Brick Memorial) were not happy with last year’s 7-6 campaign and aim to improve on that. Other than already accepting an inevitable loss to Northwestern this year, they should have a shot to improve on that.

OK, I admit I was mildly excited as a Jets fan when I saw Mark Sanchez launch that perfectly thrown bomb down the sidelines in the game against the Rams on Friday night, but let’s not get crazy. Whenever a Jets QB does well in the preseason, I always think of two words – Browning Nagle. He had a great preseason in 1992, and then the Jets promptly went 4-12 after all that excitement and Nagle was out of the league not too long after. Now he’s a guy whose claim to fame from his Wikipedia Entry is, “His tenure with the Jets was defined by his unshakable habit of rifling screen passes and dump-offs as hard as he could.” I’m hoping Sanchez’s football epitaph will be a little more lofty than that.


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