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August 28, 2015

Rutgers dangling $100,000 for students in kickoff contest

Junior Janarion Grant must return Scarlet Knights' first kickoff for a touchdown

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights open up their 2015 campaign against the Norfolk State Spartans next Saturday, Sept. 5, at noon.

To sweeten the appeal for students, the university partnered with Springfield-based Autoland to devise a contest that will offer 100 student attendees the chance to win a $1,000 share of a $100,000 prize if the men on the field meet one condition, the team announced.

Specifically, Rutgers junior kick returner and wide receiver Janarion Grant must score a touchdown on the team's first kickoff return. It isn't at all inconceivable. Grant took one back the full length of the field in 2013 in the Scarlet Knights' season opener against Fresno State.

Given the high stakes here ($1,000 is basically a year's worth of textbooks, and then some), Grant and the special teams unit will surely want to come out as heroes and propel the team forward for the season ahead. Last year, Rutgers finished with a record of 8-5 (3-5 in the Big 10) and trounced North Carolina at the Quick Lane Bowl by a score of 40-21.

If all else fails and the coverage looks dicey, reverse laterals may be in order.