The Rivlary Continues

By Adam Caparell - April 26, 2008

NEW YORK - Jake Long is a Miami Dolphin. Vernon Gholston is a New York Jet. That means the Michigan tackle and the Ohio State defensive end will be facing each other twice a season for the foreseeable future, a big step up from the annual matchup in either Ann Arbor or Columbus.

"It'll be fun playing against him again," Long said, "because he's such a great player. And I respect they type of player he is. It will be fun to still go against him."

Long didn't have much luck against Gholston and Ohio State during his time at Michigan. The Buckeyes have won the last four matchups against the Wolverines.

Compared to Long, Gholston was a little more diplomatic about the prospects of facing his rival an extra time this fall.

"My job is just to get with the team. Work as hard as I can," Gholston said. "And if that (matchup) presents itself then, you know, I'll be looking forward to it.

The Jets meet the Dolphins in Miami in both teams' season opener Sept. 7. The rematch comes in the final week of season in the Meadowlands Dec. 28.

With the Jets selecting Gholston with the sixth pick it meant that all six players invited to the draft were taken in the first six picks. That's a far cry from last year when Brady Quinn had to wait and agonizing four-plus hours before his name was called by commissioner Roger Goodell at pick No. 22.

For a little perspective, this year's first round lasted 3:30.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 07:23 PM on April 26, 2008

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