Girault Prepares for Regular Season Finish

Perhaps the most costly injury that Rutgers had to deal with this season was RU safety's Ron Girault leg earlier this season, forcing the senior to miss four games. Girault is the defensive quarterback and ensures that everyone is lined up properly on defense. In this his senior season, Girault has recorded 43 tackles and intercepted one pass in the seven games he has played in.

Girault's numbers may not jump off the page, but it is his leadership and ability to limit big plays that makes him valuable.

"It was kind of tough sitting out and not being able to practice with the guys and not being out there during the games," Girault said. "I just concentrate on helping out the young guys or whoever else is out there as much as possible through watching film, going over the plays and everything like that."

During Girault's absence, RU safety Courtney Greene took over the signal calling duties on defense. The two have been close since Greene showed up "On the Banks" and Girault has always included Greene in calling the defense so that Greene would be prepared if he had to take over. Their friendship and trust has allowed the two to be a successful tandem of safeties.

"Ever since he (Greene) got here, him and I just clicked automatically," Girault said. "We have been real good friends on and off the field and it shows out there on the field. We have a great comfort level with each other. We know what each other are going to do. So we have the ability to cover each other, just in case anything was to happen."

Girault is getting ready to play his final regular season game and only has two more games left in his college career, including Rutgers' bowl game. While some players realize the end is coming, Girault remains focused on the task at hand and going out a winner.

"I can't really get caught up in my last game because we have Louisville which is a big game and the bowl game. We are just trying to go out on a good note and understand that we have Louisville next and we need to prepare for that because they are a real good team."

Rutgers Head Coach Greg Schiano mentioned during his press conference on Monday just how business-like the starters in the secondary are, including Girault and Greene, despite a big match-up against the Louisville Cardinals explosive offense.

"They are as flat-lined a group as I've been around. Ron Girault, Courtney Greene, Jason and Devin McCourty, they only do it one way," Coach Schiano said. "I know inside they are excited, it's a great challenge, but outwardly you don't see a difference."

With the focus on the next game, Girault understands that Louisville is going for revenge following Rutgers 28-25 win over the Cardinals last season. This season's game is on a Thursday night, just like last year's game was. The whole nation will be watching and the crowd will certainly be into the game.

"I think it is going to be a real hostile environment," Girault said. "They have a great crowd out there and they really support Louisville hard. I expect a hostile environment but I think our team is going to be focused and we will not let that get to us."

The crowd aside, Louisville has a potent offense and will provide a lot of challenges for the Scarlet Knight's defense.

"They are a real talented offense," Girault said. "They have weapons all over the place who are great athletes and with Brohm leading, he is a great quarterback, he is real intelligent and real smart on the field. He is a great leader and it is going to be a tough game."


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