Britt Remains Out

Practice will begin to shift as Rutgers (7-5) gears up towards the International Bowl against Ball State (7-5). RU Head Coach Greg Schiano said that this week would be used to begin breaking down film and going over some of the different things that the Scarlet Knights will want to do execution-wise and personnel-wise as they prepare for the program's third consecutive Bowl Game.

Wednesday's practice mostly focused on team improvement giving some of the younger players the opportunity to practice in the Rutgers scheme.

RU wide receiver Kenny Britt once again was not on the practice field and he was strength training and rehabbing in the Hale Center while the rest of the team practiced. According to Schiano, Britt is walking without a limp and is stronger than before due to the extra lifting he has gotten in. Britt has missed practice the past couple of weeks after he got his knee scoped. It is expected that he will return to the practice field next week.

"You are not going to go from nothing to full, but I am hoping we start up on the (Dec.) 27th," Schiano said.

In Britt's absence, Tim Brown has emerged once again as a threat in practice and is perhaps returning to the form that RU fans thought he would provide this season. Brown missed time early this season with a leg injury and never seemed to get into rhythm with the offense.

Additionally, Tiquan Underwood and Britt earned a majority of the touches as both gained over 1000 yards this season.

"Timmy Brown has been working his way back in and playing well," RU quarterback Mike Teel said. "Julian Hayes has stepped up and made some plays. He is still learning, but is getting better each time he goes out."

Getting Focused on Bowl Game
The Rutgers players are very focused on what they have to do. Their answers sound the identical, whether coming from a fifth year senior in defensive tackle Eric Foster or freshman All-American offensive lineman Anthony Davis. It is all about preparing to beat Ball St.

"We know what we are here for," Foster said. "We are here to win the International Bowl. That is all we are focused on. There will be time to have fun and soak it all in, but right now it is all about getting this program another bowl win."

Perhaps it is a tribute to Schiano's "chop" philosophy, but the Scarlet Knights have never allowed themselves to think about anything else but the next game and what they have to do in order to present themselves with an opportunity to win.

Rutgers will have to wait longer than normal than past years because the International Bowl will be held on Jan. 5. "I just want to play again," Davis said. "I haven't played a game in awhile."

The Future Looks Bright
Pundits thought that by keeping a five star recruit like Anthony Davis at home allowed Rutgers to finally begin to turn the tide as far as recruiting goes. New Jersey has always produced top-level talent, but not in the numbers that Florida, Texas, or California have. In order for Rutgers to compete on a top-25 level year in and out, Schiano must be able to build a fence around New Jersey to keep the best players from the Garden State in state. Davis earned a starting role midway through the season and provided a real spark on the offensive line. He has achieved his goals this season, becoming a freshman All-American and is well on his way to having a strong career at Rutgers.

"He (Davis) is incredibly powerful," Schiano said. "I am talking NFL powerful right today. He needs to get better technically and needs to condition himself better, but the guy is a difference when he is in there." "I look forward to having a year in the weight room with him and then at spring practice with him. I think he can be a dominant player in college football."

Teel reported that he was feeling better from his injured right thumb.

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