Britt Back In Action

The holiday break provided some Scarlet Knights (7-5) with some much needed rest and thus allowed them to come back renewed for the final 10 days of the season.

Most importantly, wide receiver Kenny Britt (knee) was able to do some team drills and is beginning to get back into the flow of the offense. He was in good spirits and was excited to be back out on the practice field.
"It feels good just to get out there and run some routes, jogging around, and run with the teammates," Britt said. "I am not doing anything too heavy, just a little light stuff and just have me run around."

Britt expects that he will be back and fully healthy by the time for the International Bowl against Ball State (7-5) on Jan. 5. However, on the positive side, he was able to put on some extra muscle during his rehab process is ready to get back on the field.
"I hate being out here and sitting on the sidelines," Britt said. "I am a man for the field."
The game plan has begun to be implemented and RU players are beginning to figure out what they will need to do against Ball St. in order to win. Cardinals quarterback Nate Davis is a player to key on who does not make many mistakes.
Davis threw for 27 touchdowns compared to only six interceptions this season; and, he gained 3376 yards through the air, despite having only a 57 percent completion percentage.
"He (Davis) is a great quarterback," defensive end Jamaal Westerman said. "As a quarterback, he doesn't throw that many picks, he only threw six picks this year. He can make any throw on the field."

On defense, Ball St. allows just under 420 yards per game and ranks 99th in the nation against the run. However, the Cardinals only allow 26 points per game, which ranks them 57th among all teams. The difference comes in the turnover margin, which Ball St. is second in the nation, creating nearly a turnover and a half more per game then it gives up.
RU running back Ray Rice has rushed for at least 112 yards in each of the last seven games. The Scarlet Knights will likely see if their rushing attack can create the mismatch needed to take win.
"It is not necessarily what is going to happen on the day of the game," Rutgers Head Coach Greg Schiano said. "Obviously there is a reason for the ranking, but there was also a game where they held a team to 78 yards rushing.
"It is like anything else, we have to go out and do our job."
Mainly, Schiano wants to make sure that his team is ready to play after taking a few days off. He wanted to give the team a tougher practice today so that they will get back into shape quicker.
"I thought we really came out full energy," Schiano said. "It was warm in the bubble and we turned it up on purpose. We have to get ourselves back into game shape."

Note: Darren Rizzi has remained on as an assistant coach for the International Bowl, despite being hired as the new head coach at Rhode Island. Rizzi served RU as a linebacker and special teams coach.
Schiano said that Rizzi is focusing mostly on his special team coaching duties as Schiano tries to help Rizzi wear both hats.

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