Rutgers Football Practice report

The team practiced in the bubble on Wednesday and Head Coach Schiano discussed Teel's condition, the receivers and had some early impressions on Ball State. Teel also talked about his health and his WR corp. Come see what they had to say on each topic.

Everyone knows about Second Team All-American junior running back Ray Rice and his importance in the Rutgers offense. What Rutgers also has is a solid passing attack led by junior quarterback Mike Teel, which was the focus after Wednesday's practice in the bubble.

Teel has been battling with a thumb injury for most of the season that caused him to miss games against Army and Pittsburgh this season. Head Coach Greg Schiano said while he's not fully recovered, he's on the practice field on a regular basis.

"He's been practicing," Schiano said. "He's not 100 percent, but he's getting his reps in."

"Now I am able to," Teel said. "Earlier on I wasn't able to take many, but I have been able to get back into it and I feel pretty good."

The Rutgers signal caller said he's getting back into the swing of things and credit's the fact that he had time during the season to rest his hand after the conference matchup against the Cardinals.

"I'm working back into it," Teel said. "We had a couple of weeks earlier on after Louisville where a couple of guys and myself got some time off to get out bodies feeling right. The last couple of practices we came out and really get going again."

Part of the reason for the team's success in the passing game has been because of wide receivers Tiquan Underwood and Kenny Britt. Both receivers have over 1,000 yards receiving this year. Teel, whose thrown for 2844 yards this season, said that they will only continue to get better the more they play.

"The biggest thing with those two is that they're getting better each time that they play," he said. "Ty is really starting to understand the position and Kenny is still young, he's only a sophomore, this is really his first full year playing. Every time he goes out, he's learning more and understands it better."

Britt has over 1,100 yards and seven touchdowns on the season, while Underwood has 1,028 and six touchdowns of his own.

"You don't have that very often," Schiano said in regards to having two receivers with 1,000 yard seasons. "It takes a lot of years to have that happen to you. They are pretty special players and its great to have them coming back next year."

Britt has been out with an injury and is expected to come back around Dec. 27.

The Scarlet Knights last test of the season will be on Jan. 8 in the International Bowl when they take on Ball State (7-5 overall). From the game film Schiano has seen up to this point, he's impressed with the Cardinals team.

"Good football team," Schiano said. "Very talented at quarterback, tight end and wide receiver position and when I say very talented I mean as good as we have played. Defensively they create a lot of takeaways."

Junior outside linebacker Bryant Haines has stuck out the most to Teel so far. He led Ball State with 122 tackles this season.

"They play hard, they play fast," "They have this linebacker whose one of the best linebackers I've ever seen. He's big, like 6'5 240 pounds, he runs and makes plays. They play their scheme real well. Up front their solid and play hard."

As of now though, the team will take it easy until after the Christmas holiday when they really start buckling down.

"We'll get to take a little time off for Christmas and then come back and really start game planning for Ball State," Teel said.

This will be the first time in the team's history that they will be playing in a bowl game for the third consecutive year. Last year they played in the Texas Bowl and beat Kansas State and lost to Arizona State 45-40 in the Insight Bowl the year before.

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