Savage, Martinek Ready for Green Wave

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers should have a few members of its starting backfield available for Saturday's homecoming clash with Tulane and quarterback Tom Savage and running back Joe Martinek practiced Wednesday. Both players talked to about their injuries, their pain levels and getting ready to play the Green Wave.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers quarterback Tom Savage said he still hasn't seen the test results on his injured ribs, nor does he care what it shows.

He was able to practice Wednesday, and while Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano said he remained "cautiously optimistic" about the sophomore's chances of playing, it hasn't even entered Savage's mind that he will not start Saturday's homecoming contest against Tulane.

"I'm feeling real good," Savage said. "I'm ready to out there and play. You can still feel it, but everything is good. Just looking forward to the game now."

Savage added the injury doesn't limit his ability to make any throws, but he does experience discomfort on some of them.

He is looking to rebound from a disappointing game against North Carolina in which he was 16 of 29 for 150 yards and threw two crucial interceptions.

"I'm real excited to get out there," Savage said. "You never want to wish away time. I'm just going to go out there, keep preparing, and I'm really looking forward to it."

Tulane is coming to New Jersey with a scouting report of running a blitz-heavy 4-3 defense, and Savage is hoping the Green Wave's philosophy remains the same.

"Most quarterbacks like it when someone's aggressive like that," Savage said. "We're going to try and take advantage of it and exploit their weaknesses and try to win the game."

Savage's participation in practice wasn't the only nice piece of injury news for the Scarlet Knights.

Running back Joe Martinek, who was hampered by a sore left ankle against the Tar Heels, said his injury is progressing and he doesn't see it being much of an issue against Tulane.

"It's good," Martinek said. "Structurally, everything is intact, so it's just pain. I've dealt with pain before and I'm going to deal with it. The game is only three or four hours long, so you can do it for that long and then worry about it the rest of the weekend."

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