Teel Talks Coaching at RU, NFL and Huggins

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Former Rutgers quarterback Mike Teel was at the RAC for the mid-week basketball game against Villanova, and at halftime he went one-on-one with ScarletReport.com. Teel spoke about whether coaching at Rutgers is in his future, whether his playing career is over and about the commitment of five-star running back Savon Huggins.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Former Rutgers quarterback and the school's all-time passing yards leader told ScarletReport.com he has thought about a coaching career with the Scarlet Knights.

Mike Teel added before it happens, he plans to give a career in the NFL one more shot.

"I've had a lot of time in the last four months to game-plan (about the future) for when I am done playing," Teel said during halftime of Wednesday's basketball game against Villanova. "I've kind of spread myself out in all sorts of fields; with financial people, the coaching aspect of things, teaching. Really, I don't know what I would want to do.

"If I would want to coach, I could see myself coming back here and coaching. I would want to come back and coach in college. I can say that. Who knows? I have an advantage because I've kinda been through it all and I think I'd be able to help the players out in that aspect, so who knows?"

However, Teel isn't ready to call it a playing career yet.

He was cut by Seattle last summer and signed with the Chicago Bears, but an injury kept him from competing for a spot on the Bears' roster.

Teel said he will try to sign a contract in the spring as a free agent and get into a camp, or play in the United Football League and try to earn an NFL roster spot from there.

"I'm going to work out and try and get ready for the spring," Teel said. "I think last year was just circumstances with the coaching change in Seattle, and then getting injury with Chicago."

Teel attended the Villanova game with former teammates Devin McCourty and Tiquan Underwood, both of whom are more than a dozen players in the NFL who played under current coach Greg Schiano.

"Still being fairly young, it's nice to see," Teel said. "I wish I could have been a 10-year-old growing up in this era of Rutgers football, having guys scattered all throughout the NFL, pro bowler year in and year out. When I was young, Marco (Battaglia) was the only guy I ever heard of, and Ray Lucas, and Mike McMahon a little bit, and I lived 45 minutes from here.

"Now, the guys who stayed home and played for Rutgers are almost celebrities, and when we come out here …everyone knows who we are and everyone is asking questions and supporting us. It's cools to see. It's nice for the state to have something like that to rally behind."

Teel remains close to the Rutgers program, and even follows recruiting.

And, he acknowledged, he was caught up in the excitement when five-star running back Savon Huggins of St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) committed and signed with the Scarlet Knights.

"I saw him play when they played (Don) Bosco," Teel said. "He played his (butt) off. Walking away from that game I was like, ‘Wow, that kid can play.' I was impressed. I had heard about him throughout the year and saw highlights, and heard Rutgers was in his top two or three in the recruiting process.

"I thought that he would be great no matter where he goes, but there's something special about staying home, and that goes for anybody. You stay home, they treat you different, and he's going to be treated really well here."

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