“Atlantic City” will be emblazoned across the back of one player in the Rutgers University football team’s annual Scarlet-White spring game April 27. “Wildwood” and “Long Beach Township” might, too.
The Scarlet Knights announced Monday that they will wear jerseys with 90 names of towns across the state that were affected by Hurricane Sandy. They also will wear helmets with the “R Strong” logo: The red Rutgers “R” as part of the word “Strong,” with the shape of the state in the background.
After the game, which is the culmination of spring practices each year, Rutgers coach Kyle Flood will sign each jersey, and they all will be given to the respective towns.
The list of towns was not released, but Atlantic City is sure to be among several South Jersey towns that are acknowledged.
The 3 p.m. Scarlet-White game will be preceded by the third annual Believe Bowl, a flag football game featuring Rutgers football alumni to raise awareness and support for former player Eric LeGrand, who was paralyzed in a 2010 game.
Also Monday, Rutgers’ spring depth chart was released. Egg Harbor Township High School graduate Tejay Johnson was listed as a starter at cornerback. Another EHT alumnus, walk-on Kevin Marquez, was listed as one of two backups at fullback. Wide receiver Vance Matthews (Lower Cape May Regional) was not among the top five wide receivers, and Ben Martin (Absegami) was not among the three running backs on the depth chart.