With Buffalo and Navy slated as the first two games of the season, Coach Schiano had to prepare his team for the many looks that his team will see. The Bills, coached by Turner Gill, will use the option attack, but will look to give Rutgers multiple looks in the game.
Coach Schiano also stated he thought Buffalo would use a Gun and Run philosophy. "If you study them over the course of 11 or 12 games, there is a ton of offense to prepare for," Coach Schiano said. "They do some unusual things because they do a lot out of these sets."
Quarterback Mike Teel and running back Ray Rice will look to exploit a base 4-3 defense that the Bills mostly work out of. The RU coaching staff will be paying close attention to Buffalo defensive end Trevor Scott. Scott contributed 45 tackles, including 13.5 for a loss, as well as 9 sacks. The senior Scott is playing his second year on defense after being converted from tight end.
Offensively, Teel will look to sophomore receiver Kenny Britt as a main target as Tim Brown remains sidelined with a hand injury. Britt was named to several pre-season Big East teams by various publications.
Coach Schiano remains focused on getting his team prepared despite the injury bug that has plagued a few members of team.
"I had commented that this is a serious group," Coach Schiano said. "We can't wish away time. Everyone wishes it was game day, I don't. We can use these next couple days to touch up some details."
The man that gets Rutgers' fans thinking Heisman is Ray Rice. He has drawn a lot of attention for the Buffalo coaching staff. "You have to stop him," BU Coach Gill said. "Once he gets going, you can do anything you want to on offense for Rutgers. We have to have as many people around the football as possible."
Games early in the season provide a chance to see some of the new stars play some valuable minutes in order to give them some seasoning for later on in the season. Rutgers is not expected to start any freshmen this year, but about eight true and redshirt freshmen are listed two-deep. The coaching staff will be working with all of the players to continue the learning process.
"We just keep preparing up to game time," Coach Schiano said. "Keep coaching right through the game; keep learning right through the event."