Tian Li

Tian Li

Staff Photographer

Tian Li is an international student from Beijing, China, and a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in journalism and media studies and minoring in Japanese. He has been taking pictures for the Daily Targum since December of 2012 and became the associate photo editor in February of 2014. During his Targum career, he has shot approximately 23,586 pictures for the sports section alone. He set a Targum record of having 45 photos published in a single week. According to Buzzfeed, he is a double-chocolate chocolate chip cookie. Every production night he only does two things: selecting office-friendly metal songs to play and trying not to laugh at Adam’s pronunciation of “Michelle” (“Me-scheill”).  


Recent media:

Senior middle linebacker Kevin Snyder (right) and the Knights will try to rebound this week from a blowout loss against Ohio State. The last time RU lost in a Big Ten game, it rattled off three straight wins. Snyder admitted the OSU defeat was easier to flush than Rutgers’ 13-10 loss to Penn State.


Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett evades pressure in the pocket as senior linebacker Kevin Snyder (right) misses a tackle Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Rutgers failed to record a sack in a game for the first time this season as Barrett led the No. 13 Buckeyes' 56-17 rout with 368 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns.


Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa records one of his two sacks of senior quarterback Gary Nova. The Buckeyes brought Nova to the ground four times Saturday as the Knights struggled to keep pace with the Buckeyes' offensive onslaught.


Sruthi Suresh (left) and Ashvathi Raghavakaimal (right), both School of Engineering first-year students, paint Halloween-themed mason jars at Rutgers University Programming Association’s “Fright Night” yesterday at Trayes Hall on Douglass campus.


The Knights (5-1, 1-1) will meet with one of college football’s most prestigious programs in No. 13 Ohio State (4-1, 1-0) for the first time in history on Saturday. Ohio Stadium, also known as the Horseshoe, can seat 104,944 fans, which is the fourth-largest stadium capacity in the nation. 


Sophomore running back Desmon Peoples is averaging 4 yards per carry, while the Knights as a whole are averaging only 88 rushing yards per game in Big Ten play. 


Junior left tackle Keith Lumpkin said his experience playing basketball since he was 10 years old has prepared him for Ohio Stadium, which seats more than 100,000 fans. 


Senior defensive end David Milewski could be matched up with 6-foot-6 and 6-foot-7 Ohio State offensive tackles this Saturday when the Knights travel to Columbus.


Sophomore right guard Chris Muller is preparing to start at center this week if senior Betim Bujari (questionable) cannot play.


Rutgers President Robert L. Barchi has become the motivating force behind the creation of “Where RU Barchi.” The club aims to improve interaction between Barchi and Rutgers students.


Freshman goalkeeper Casey Murphy has performed well this season and was key in the Knights’ win against Penn State, saving three shots in Saturday’s 1-0 shutout.


Senior middle linebacker Kevin Snyder and the Knights will play at No. 13 Ohio State this Saturday as major underdogs. Snyder admitted playing on ABC can help RU gain some respect from national media. Rutgers has not played on an ABC broadcast since October 2011.


Junior left tackle Keith Lumpkin noted that if Rutgers fails to eliminate penetration from the Ohio State defensive line, it will struggle running the ball on Saturday.


Senior midfielder Cassie Inacio noted that the key to victory in Saturday’s marquee matchup at No. 7 Penn State is for the Knights to play within themselves. TIAN LI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER


Senior nose tackle Kenneth Kirksey said that it is impossible to compete with Turay because of his athleticism and talent.


Kemoko Turay has utilized the long-arm technique since his high school days.


Sophomore defensive end Julian Pinnix-Odrick admitted to some bruises after six straight games in his first season playing for RU.


Sophomore running back Justin Goodwin said he thinks Hicks will pick up defense easily because he is a fast learner.


Sophomore defender Sophia Walia brings a unique skill set to Rutgers, showing talent on both offense and defense. Walia also hails from British Columbia.


Senior wide receiver Andrew Turzilli hauled in two touchdowns for 94 yards Saturday against Michigan. He continues to show big-play ability as he adjusts to RU’s offense.