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
muscle in his ribs and was in a great deal of pain, but he played
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
and we are going to prepare and be the best football team we can be on
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
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
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."
Coach Schiano put to rest any thought that he might leave Rutgers and
the open job vacancy at Michigan during his press conference.
"I'm going to diffuse this here," Coach Schiano said. "I haven't spoken
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.
There will be no vote this week by Rutgers University's Board of
on the proposed Rutgers Stadium expansion. Rather, the proposal will be
reevaluated, but Coach Schiano tried to downplay the perception that he
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
situation is a tense one for Greg Schiano and Bob Mulcahy, but it's
Both offensive tackles Pedro Sosa and Jeremy Zuttah have had nagging
injuries this season. This has limited how much both men have been able
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
I didn't think he would be able to play that much, and then for him to
able to go back into the game, when Kevin Haslam went down, Pedro is a
"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
Additionally, RU safety Ron Girault tweaked his groin against
but should be fine by the time Rutgers returns to the field in over a
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