Girault's Injury May Give Youngsters Shot

The main story at practice on Wednesday revolved around whether Rutgers (3-1) safety Ron Girault will play this weekend against Cincinnati (5-0). Courtney Greene, the other field general in the defensive backfield, has taken over as the player that gets the defense lined up on the field during Girault's absence.

Ron Girault has not practiced due to a leg injury he suffered in the loss to Maryland last weekend and he may not practice all week. RU Head Coach Greg Schiano said that he would consider playing Girault if he was unable to practice this week but it appears that it will be a game time decision as to whether Girault will indeed see the field against Cincinnati.

"Ronnie knows the scheme from when we put it in," Schiano said. "It is just a matter of being able to do it physically. Maybe during pre-game warm ups, we will see."

Junior Glen Lee will start in place of Girault in case the injury keeps him out of action. Coach Schiano thinks Lee is a good player, and there is no denying Lee's ability to lay the wood on the opposition, but the game experience factor is one to consider.

"You don't know because Glen hasn't played in games," Coach Schiano said. "I think Glen is a good player. I think Zaire (Kitchen) is a good player. I think Joe (LeFeged) is a good player. They may all play if Ronnie doesn't."

So far, Greene has done a good job during practice the last couple of days filling in for Girault as play-caller.

"I think he has done very well," RU linebacker Brandon Renkart said. "Things have run smooth back there. There have not been too many hang-ups with Ronnie missing."

Challenges of Facing Cincinnati
It is unknown as to how well Cincinnati will play against Rutgers on Saturday. The Scarlet Knights present the first true test for the Bearcats.

Coach Schiano has a lot of respect for Cincinnati and believes they are among the best teams in the nation.

The Rutgers players understand that they need to play within themselves and not allow the Bearcats' ball-hawking defense that leads the nation in takeaways to take over.

"It's always been our philosophy," RU wide receiver Kenny Britt said. "We just need to focus on us and if we focus on us and do our jobs then the results will come out in our favor."

Cincinnati plays tough defense and the defense is in good position to make plays. The Rutgers offense will need to be extra careful, especially when passing the ball.

"They (Cincinnati) are very aggressive in your man zone," Coach Schiano said. However, Coach Schiano thinks that the Bearcat defenders will play both aggressive, but also controlled and will not find themselves out of position very often. "There is aggressive and then there is crazy," Coach Schiano said. "They are aggressive and they are sound. You are not going to get reverses on them and that stuff because they are where they are supposed to be."

Taking Care of Themselves
RU Quarterback Mike Teel said on Monday that it was frustrating that the team had not played up to its potential in all three phases of the game. This week has been important for the coaching staff to get the Scarlet Knights to where they feel they need to get to in order to be successful.

"The practice week has gone great for us," Britt said. "We had two great days. The scout team is doing good, giving us good looks out there. Everybody is playing fast and everybody is feeling healthy."

However, the question of whether this game is a must win has been thrown around this week, but Coach Schiano just wants his team to focus on playing up to their capabilities.

"Unless you live in a cave, you would know there is a big game," Coach Schiano said. "But every game is a big game. That is playing college football, if you expect to be in any kind of position where you are bidding for a bowl or a championship.

"We don't focus on that because that paralyzes kids. Not everybody is ready to handle that pressure. If you just keep them focused on getting better everyday, then they go out there and play their game. Confidence comes from preparation and as long as they prepare they should be confident."

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