"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" will, 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 last fall. 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.
"Honestly, when you have control of an operation like this and have the resources, we want to do everything we can to continue to volunteer and support - do all we can to make sure everyone's life is back to normal as much as possible," Rutgers director of athletics Tim Pernetti said in quotes provided by the school.
The game is the culmination of spring practices, which start today. After the game, Rutgers coach Kyle Flood will sign each jersey, and they all will be given to the respective towns.
The South Jersey towns on the list include Atlantic City, Avalon, Barnegat, Barnegat Light, Beach Haven, Brigantine, Cape May, Egg Harbor Township, Harvey Cedars, Lacey Township, Long Beach Township, Longport, Lower Township, Margate City, Middle Township, North Wildwood, Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Ship Bottom, Surf City, Stafford Township, Stone Harbor, Tuckerton, Upper Township, Ventnor City, Wildwood and Wildwood Crest.
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 released its spring depth chart. Egg Harbor Township High School graduate Tejay Johnson, a rising junior, was listed as a starter at cornerback. Another EHT alumnus, rising sophomore walk-on Kevin Marquez, was listed as one of two backups at fullback. Rising sophomore wide receiver Vance Matthews (Lower Cape May Regional) was not among the top five at his position but still is on the roster.
Johnson played significant minutes last season but did not start. He will be counted on to help replace star cornerback Logan Ryan, who will skip his senior year to enter the NFL draft.
"I just want to see (the defensive backs) get experience playing in our defense," Flood said in quotes provided by the school. "We certainly have some inexperience, but Tejay Johnson and Gareef Glashen have played a lot of football; it just hasn't necessarily been in the games. Their inexperience in the games is not going to get rectified this spring because we don't have any games this spring."
Meanwhile, Absegami graduate Ben Martin is no longer with the team, Rutgers senior associate athletic director Jason Baum confirmed. Baum said Martin, a rising junior running back, "will continue his career elsewhere."
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