Young Out For Season & Other News

Multi-talented backup RB Kordell Youngwill be out for the season and will take a medical redshirt year. Rutgers is now left with true freshmen Mason Robinson to fill his spot as Ray Rice's understudy.

It's been a tough couple of days since No. 11 Rutgers (3-0) beat Norfolk State (1-1) 59-0 on Saturday. Sophomore running back Kordell Young will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. Young had surgery on the knee before practice on Tuesday and RU Head Coach Greg Schiano was planning on visiting with Young right after practice.
Young served as the team's backup running back and return man on kickoffs. On three kicks this season, Young is averaging 32 yards per return. Young injured his left knee during the win against Norfolk St. on Saturday. It was not known till Monday when the test results came back that the West Deptford, NJ native would miss the entire season.

"He does a lot more then what the stats say," Rutgers quarterback Mike Teel said. "It's really unfortunate, I feel horrible for him. He does stuff on special teams and out of the backfield. He knows his protections and where to run the ball. It's a big loss for us and in division one football, its time for some other guys to step up."

Freshman Mason Robinson will take Young's place on the depth chart for right now. On the season, Robinson has 58 yards on nine carries. Robinson was ranked as the No. 33 cornerback coming out of Somerville High School in New Jersey.

At Somerville, Robinson was a two way player, playing defensive back and running back. As a senior, Robinson rushed for 1,688 yards and scored 17 touchdowns while averaging 8.7 yards per carry. His speed was also used by the track team were he was a standout performer in to 100, 200, and 400 meter dash.

Rutgers does have a bye week this week that will help heal some players who have been struggling with injuries. Defensive lineman Pete Tverdov was practicing this week, but has not played in a game this year. Also, linebacker Ryan D'Imperio finally saw limited playing time in the game against Norfolk St. and will now have two weeks to continue to recover to the point that he can be used during important times of the game.

"He (Tverdov) did some things today and he looked pretty decent," Coach Schiano said. "It would be nice to get him back. I think tomorrow is a big day because does it come back hurting him a lot or is he feeling decent. If we start stacking days together then we got something."

The next game for the Scarlet Knights will be against Maryland in two weeks; however, the work being done this week is mostly focusing on fixing team issues and not as much worrying about Maryland.

"On a bye week right now, we are trying to work on making ourselves better," Teel said. "We are going back to the basics in our fundamentals and our techniques sound."
Every position is working on making their group better. Rutgers has not allowed a sack on the entire season, yet the offensive line core is still not satisfied with where they are at this season.

"I feel like we are making progress, but at the same time, I don't think it is as much as we could be making," offensive linemen Jeremy Zuttah said. "I think we can be much more of a dominate offensive line then we are right now."

Maryland is currently 2-1 and will face Wake Forest this weekend. The only loss Maryland suffered was last week against No. 4 West Virginia. The match up in two weeks will mark the first game Rutgers has had against a BCS-conference opponent. The game between the Terrapins and the Scarlet Knights will be played on ABC.

"You try to be the best you can be for the exposure for the program which is tremendous," Teel said. "When you get out there, the high school kids get to see you and the rest of the country gets to see what Rutgers football is all about."

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