Four Rutgers players transfer to Rhode Island

January, 29, 2009
1/29/09
1:55
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Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Looks like the University of Rhode Island is becoming Rutgers Lite.

Four Scarlet Knights players have transferred to the FCS school. What's the connection? Rhode Island's coach is Darren Rizzi, who was Greg Schiano's associate head coach before taking over the Rams.

The players who have left RU for URI are quarterback Chris Paul-Etienne, tight end Tom Lang, cornerback Robenson Alexis and defensive back Rob Cervini. None of the four received significant playing time with the Scarlet Knights, but Paul-Etienne was the backup quarterback to Mike Teel for a time before being passed up by Dom Natale.

Cervini provided the biggest contribution of the four; as the holder on kicks during the Papajohns.com Bowl, he scored the game's first touchdown on a fake field goal as Rutgers went on to beat NC State 29-23.

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