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Rutgers hopes to beat the odds in 2011

With 17 starters returning, Scarlet Knights have chance to surprise people this season

Updated: September 1, 2011, 12:44 PM ET
By Kieran Darcy | ESPNNewYork.com

Rutgers' entire 2010 football season hinged on a single play on Oct. 16 at the New Meadowlands Stadium.

While covering a fourth-quarter kickoff return against Army, junior defensive tackle Eric LeGrand suffered a severe spinal cord injury on a violent collision, and was paralyzed from the neck down. The Scarlet Knights never recovered. They somehow pulled that game out in overtime, 23-20, but then lost their final six games of the season, finishing with a 4-8 record.

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