PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers faces the unique Navy offense Saturday and may have to do so without one of its most experienced players -- Kevin Snyder (questionable, lower body). For sophomore Steve Longa, that could mean a return to middle linebacker. No matter what, it's Longa's first look at the triple option in a career filled with making tackles.
For Longa, that means a return to the position where he became a freshman All-American. Longa has never faced a triple option, and plans to rely heavily on the older players and defensive coordinator Joe Rossi to get him ready.
Longa is off to a solid start at weakside linebacker this season with a team-high 24 tackles through three games. Whatever his role Saturday, Longa expects to be 100 percent focused on Navy with no hangover effects from losing to Penn State.