NCF Nation: Antonio Lowery

The Big East won't have a heavy presence at next week's Under Armour Senior Bowl, but some of the top seniors from the league in 2010 will be participating.

The game announced the invitees from the league Thursday afternoon, adding six alongside the previously announced inclusion of Noel Devine. Here is the list of invitees:

Connecticut: Lawrence Wilson, LB

Louisville: Johnny Patrick, DB; Bilal Powell, RB

Pittsburgh: Jason Pinkston, OL

Rutgers: Joe Lefeged, DB

West Virginia: Noel Devine, RB; Chris Neild, DL

Also, Rutgers announced on Thursday that defensive end Jonathan Freeny and linebacker Antonio Lowery will play in the inaugural Eastham Energy College All-Star Game this Sunday. West Virginia safety Sidney Glover, South Florida receiver Dontavia Bogan and center Sampson Genus, and Louisville defensive end Rodney Gnat are also listed on the rosters for that game. It will be held at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.

Big East helmet stickers: Week 7

October, 16, 2010
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia: The sophomore completed 24-of-31 passes for 219 yards and two scores in the Mountaineers' 20-6 victory against South Florida on Thursday.

Armon Binns, WR, Cincinnati: The senior had eight catches for 175 yards and three touchdowns in the Bearcats' 35-27 win at Louisville on Friday.

Bilal Powell, RB, Louisville: The senior ran 24 times for 209 yards and two touchdowns -- surpassing 200 yards for the second straight weeks -- in the loss to Cincinnati.

Tino Sunseri, QB, Pittsburgh: The sophomore completed 17-of-24 passes for 266 yards and four touchdowns in the Panthers' 45-14 win at Syracuse.

Antonio Lowery, LB, Rutgers: Lowery had 19 tackles and a fumble recovery in the Scarlet Knights' 23-20 overtime win against Army.

Rutgers spring game review

April, 26, 2010
There wasn't a lot of scoring in Rutgers' spring game on Saturday, but head coach Greg Schiano had to be pleased with the running game.

Joe Martinek, who will try to hold onto his starting job once some talented freshmen arrive this summer, rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries as the Scarlet team beat the White 16-7. Martinek did his damage behind a makeshift and still evolving offensive line, which will remain the No. 1 question mark of the offseason for Rutgers.

Tom Savage completed 17 of 30 passes for 181 yards, while freshman receiver Quron Pratt led the way with eight catches for 55 yards. San San Te added three field goals. Star receiver Mohamed Sanu did not play because of a head injury he suffered in practice earlier in the week.

Antonio Lowery and Steve Beauharnais paced the defense with 13 tackles each.

The Scarlet Knights honored defensive tackle Charlie Noonan as the toughest player of spring practice, while Tim Wright was named the most improved offensive player and Khaseem Greene was recognized as most improved on the defense.

Rutgers drew a school-record 20,114 fans to the spring game, the most in the Big East this year.

Posted by's Brian Bennett

Rutgers began spring practice on Tuesday, and all eyes were on the quarterbacks as the competition began to find Mike Teel's successor. Dom Natale and D.C. Jefferson were shaky at times, Keith Sargeant writes in the Home News Tribune.

"They all did some things well and they all made some rookie mistakes," coach Greg Schiano said. "A lot of rookie mistakes."

• Antonio Lowery, who's more known right now for his younger brother, is trying to seize an opportunity at linebacker, Tom Luicci writes in The Star-Ledger. The story also mentions that running back Mason Robinson has been moved to receiver.

• The Ernie Davis statue, sans Nike swooshes, has returned to the Syracuse campus, Donnie Webb writes in the Syracuse Post-Standard.

• Orange coach Doug Marrone defended the talent in New York over the weekend at a coaches clinic, according to the Ithaca Journal.

"I cannot stand for the life of me people saying how bad New York football is," Marrone said. "It's bull. It's bull! And you know what? I am going to prove they're wrong when I get a roster filled with New York kids and we're beating other teams around the country."

• Cincinnati got a commitment from a local linebacker, bringing their number of 2010 pledges to five already.