Thursday Notebook: Final Preparations for USF

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Two days away from facing South Florida at High Point Solutions Stadium, Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano spoke with the media for the final time before kickoff. Schiano discussed Gary Nova's improvements, the latest on the injury front and which player may be back for the end of the season.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said at the beginning of the week that Gary Nova remains the starting quarterback, but that the turnovers have to stop.

Any short leash for Nova, with Chas Dodd ready to go as the backup, will be determined during the game.

"Every game is its own entity," Schiano said. "You can't couple them all together. That's where you get in trouble. If somebody tips a ball, and it's in our guy's hands and he tips it and the other guy catches it, is that the quarterback's [fault]? You have your gut feeling. You do what you think is best. It's not just me. We talk about it during the game."

In addition to Nova's role in the offense, Schiano said he is pleased with the way Frank Cignetti makes play-calls.

"One of the things I've always admired about him coaching against me is he's a very good play-caller," Schiano said. "He has a very good feel. When someone has a good feel, the worst thing you can do is get in the way. If I have a strong feeling, … then I'll say it, but otherwise, I defer."

Rashad Knight Update

Rashad Knight, who had surgery over the summer on his foot, may be back for the final few games of the season, Schiano said.

Knight participated in parts of practice this week and there is an outside shot that he will be ready to play against Army.

"He was out there today," Schiano said. "We've progressed him now to the point where he went through some drill-work in pads the other day, not hitting, but in pads. … I don't know if next week, but maybe the final two games. Maybe next week. I don't know."

Doerner Performing Well

When asked about punter Justin Doerner, Schiano said he is pleased with the JuCo transfer's performances this season.

"[He's] steady, at times spectacular, he's steady," Schiano said. "Steady is good. Let's keep being steady. Steady will turn into consistently spectacular with his leg strength."

Injury Updates

Guard Betim Bujari will be a game-time decision, Schiano said, and the rest of the injury updates will be "pretty status quo."

Game CaptainsTim Wright, Desmond Wynn, Khaseem Greene and Steve Beauharnais.


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