Knights Turn Attention to Midshipmen

Rutgers (1-0) got back on the practice field on Monday after beating Buffalo 38-3 in the season opener. Rutgers' defense will be tested against the multiple rushing sets that Navy (1-0) will present on Friday.

Navy rushed the ball 56 times in its opener against Temple compared to only seven pass attempts. Navy won the game 30-19.

"The Navy look will throw you off a little bit because what they do is so unique," RU quarterback Mike Teel said.

"Playing against good teams will prepare you for playing teams down the road."

The coaching staff knows that they have a tough test in front of them on Friday night. Head Coach Greg Schiano spent his entire day Saturday studying game film of Navy from last year. The team has a firm idea of how important this game is and that they cannot take the Midshipmen lightly.

"We started prepping back in training camp, especially for our defense with the scheme of their offense," Teel said. "The way they run the ball and control the clock and as far as their offense, they're disciplined and they are going to play through the clock."

Rutgers will look to continue the passing attack that worked so well in the first game. RU receiver's Tiquan Underwood and Kenny Britt will be the focus of the attack for Teel.

"Ti has worked extremely hard to get back from that leg injury from last year," Teel said. "He had a great spring and another great camp, then went out and took advantage of some looks we got against them."

After being asked whether Underwood had a "hop in his step" after the school record breaking performance of gaining 248 yards receiving against Buffalo, Teel responded by saying, "He always has a hop in his step, no matter what the day is."

However, Tim Brown keeps providing encourage news. Coach Schiano said that he could do "anything," on the field, but that he wants to limit the amount of times he gets hit right now. It is still not decided whether Brown will play this weekend.

"There is plenty of ball to go around," Teel said. "Go through our progression and find the right guy to catch the ball and let those guys go and make plays."

Coach Schiano is not worried about kicker Jeremy Ito, who missed two field goals against Buffalo, however one of those field goal attempts was from 56 yards.

"There is nobody that is more demanding of themselves then Jeremy Ito," Coach Schiano said. "He is a kicking scientist."

The anticipation around the team is building, as running back Ray Rice is now just 16 yards away from the all-time record for career rushing yards. The team is trying to put the record in context to the overall team goals that have been set forth.

"I'm aware of it (the record)," Coach Schiano said. "I don't stick my head in the sand. But on the same token, my job is to protect the team and not worry about only one individual."

Following the Buffalo game, Rice deflected all the questions about his Heisman contention by saying he is just happy about the recognition that it gets the school and his teammates. Schiano noted that Rice probably would not want the game stopped to receive the game ball if he broke the record, but is much more focused on the game itself.

Coach Schiano said that offensive tackle Pedro Sosa did not practice today but might be able to go later this week as his knee recovers from getting knicked up during the Buffalo game. Also, linebacker Ryan D'Imperio is practicing in non-contact drills. D'Imperio is continuing to recover from a broken leg injury. Defensive tackle Pete Tverdov remains questionable for the game against Navy.


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