Monday Practice Report

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Tailback Kordell Young sat out spring practice while he recovered from a torn ACL. Since returning to the rotation, he has only continued to impress Rutgers football head coach Greg Schiano.

"I thought Saturday he looked like his old self," Schiano said after Monday morning's training session, "He made a cut Saturday night, that is what made him so special (before he tore his ACL)."

That chance also deals with a slew of ball carriers including Mason Robinson, who handled most of the repetitions and has looked sharp in practice.

Furthermore, Schiano specified two bursts by Young, a junior out of West Deptford, N.J.

"Then (Courtney) Greene cracked him once in the backfield and he gained a yard. He broke a tackle and gained a yard -- a 1-yard carry that may be the most impressive 1-yard carry I've seen, especially for a guy coming off knee surgery. That and the cut (during Monday's practice) showed me he's got a chance."

Meanwhile, Tverdov missed practice due to a personal matter and Noonon took the reps with the first team.

Another player attempting to stay healthy, Ryan D'Imperio, was described by Schiano as a ‘relentless football player.'

"I don't know too many guys who can come back from the injury period," Schiano said of D'Imperio who suffered a broken leg during 2007 spring practice drills but returned for the last 11 contests. "I think he's ready now to be an every down player. The competition between he and (Da)Maso (Munoz) is heating up."

Schiano also said tape review of Saturday's night practice gave him mixed reactions.

"It was pretty much what I thought," he said. "I thought we worked hard. We're still a long ways off execution wise. What I'm happy with are their intensity and enthusiasm. We're getting close to being fully installed. We really pushed it in the first six days."

Does that reflect the personnel this season?

Schiano described it as a teaching theory.

"It's just a teaching theory, whole, part, whole- you put in whole, then you go back and work on it little by little. Hopefully, by your first game it's back to whole. We usually do it this way."

But Young's surprising offensive hurdles thus far have exceeded expectations.

"I've been impressed," Schiano said of Young, who also returned kicks and backed up former Knights back Ray Rice before the season-ending injury. "He did everything. It's not like we altered his work schedule or anything. Till you go live you don't know so I could be impressed again."

The Scarlet Knights scheduled their first intrasquad scrimmage for this Wednesday.

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