Postseason Prep Begins for 3rd Straight Year

After a disappointing 41-38 loss to Louisville to end the regular season, Rutgers (7-5) will now begin its preparations for the International Bowl on Jan. 5. The Scarlet Knights will play in a Bowl Game for the third consecutive season.

Rutgers Head Coach Greg Schiano said that his players would work on strength and conditioning this week and that he would get his players the extra time needed to rest and heal their injuries.

"Kenny Britt hurt his knee, and I don't know for sure what is going to take place there, if it's going to prohibit him in his preparation or not," Coach Schiano said. "Mike Teel sometime in the second half pulled a muscle in his ribs and was in a great deal of pain, but he played through it, a very gutsy performance."

The Scarlet Knights will be paired up against Ball State (7-5) in the International Bowl. Currently however, Coach Schiano and his staff are still finalizing the plans for the trip to Toronto.

"We have a great city that we're going to in Toronto, and we live in a great area. So we are going to have a split bowl trip, we're going to practice here over the break, and we'll do some fun things as a team together here in the New Jersey/New York area."

"Then we're going to head up to Toronto and do some fun things there. I see bowl games as a reward for all the hard work that we have all put in, and we are going to prepare and be the best football team we can be on Jan. 5th."

This time of year is a chance for the coaching staff to reevaluate a lot of younger players that have been working on the scout team during the season. These players have been providing the Rutgers starters a look at what its opponents will be throwing at them each week, but now they can practice the RU schemes and can show what kind of development has been made over the past three months.

"Hopefully they are a little more mature having been a college student for three or four months, so that they can handle all the things we're going to throw at them," Coach Schiano said. "We'll stretch them mentally and physically to see how they respond, so when the spring rolls around we will have a much better idea what their roles are."

Michigan Speculation
Coach Schiano put to rest any thought that he might leave Rutgers and take the open job vacancy at Michigan during his press conference.

"I'm going to diffuse this here," Coach Schiano said. "I haven't spoken to anyone about any job, and that's where we're going to leave it. I am not going to speak about it anymore."

Last season, stories had linked Coach Schiano with the then open job vacancy at the University of Miami.

Stadium Expansion
There will be no vote this week by Rutgers University's Board of Governors on the proposed Rutgers Stadium expansion. Rather, the proposal will be reevaluated, but Coach Schiano tried to downplay the perception that he is worried about the delay in the decision.

"It's been a continuous thing," Coach Schiano said. "Everything is going to work out fine, I'm very confident of that. The impression is that this situation is a tense one for Greg Schiano and Bob Mulcahy, but it's not."

Injury Notes
Both offensive tackles Pedro Sosa and Jeremy Zuttah have had nagging injuries this season. This has limited how much both men have been able to do and Coach Schiano was impressed by how they have played this season with the pain.

"Pedro Sosa gutted it out," Coach Schiano said. "For the amount he played, I didn't think he would be able to play that much, and then for him to be able to go back into the game, when Kevin Haslam went down, Pedro is a tough kid."

"Jeremy Zuttah, the whole season he has been playing in pain. They play the game in such pain and then they can't really practice until Wednesday or Thursday."

Additionally, RU safety Ron Girault tweaked his groin against Louisville, but should be fine by the time Rutgers returns to the field in over a month.


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