Tuesday Practice Report

Head Coach Greg Schiano addressed the media to talk about what he's expecting in Wednesday's scrimmage. He has said that it's the scrimmages where he can make his judgments on who has the edge in the depth chart battles. Tomorrow he will get his first look.

The scrimmages are one of the true determinations for how good someone is doing. That's what Head Coach Greg Schiano says when he's asked when he will start to see who's leading in the position battles.

It's in the scrimmages where the guys will be in full pads reacting to game situations. Wednesday will mark the first day where Schiano can get a glimpse of who the early front-runners might be.

Schemes are still being installed, so Schiano is expecting some errors in the live action. Since the execution won't be perfect right off the bat, his focus will be on his team's hustle throughout the game.

"There's so much offense and defense in now, so I know there's going to be some mistakes," Schiano said. "I want to see how hard we play and the mechanics of game operation."

Another aspect of the scrimmage Schiano wants to see is a balance in production between the offense and defense. He wants each unit making plays rather than one side of the ball dominating the other.

"You like to see it go back-and-forth," he said. "You don't want it to be one-sided."

The kickers will also get their work in, but probably not in a live setting. One of the reasons for that is he wants redshirt freshman San San Te to just focus on making a solid connection with the ball and forget everything else.

"I just tell him to make good contact with the ball," he said. "A lot of guys think too much out there. He's a talented athlete and if he makes good contact, the rest will take care of its self."

Schiano said the scrimmage will feature roughly around 100 plays. The only scratch from the game is redshirt junior wide receiver Dennis Campbell who will be out because he tweaked his hamstring.

Even though it's their first glimpse of real game action, Schiano doesn't think everyone is too excited because the team is just a little over a week into camp and there's still 20 days away from the season opener.

"I don't know how exciting it is because it's still the middle of camp," he said. "I think they would be more excited to be on the beach." The scrimmages do offer a better feel for how a player is doing because it's 11-on-11 and they have to react to different situations. However, Schiano said they are not the only determining factor. The practices continue to serve more of a purpose as they inch closer to the season and give the coaching staff more repetitions to make judgments on.

"Everyday does serve more like the games," Schiano said. "We evaluate everything and spend a lot of hours watching tapes."

Outside of the scrimmage, he also discussed the speed of Rutgers this year. Schiano said junior wide receiver Tim Brown is the fastest player he's ever timed manually. Brown was clocked at 4.25 seconds in the 40-yard dash at a high school camp.

To the coach, the current Scarlet Knights are the fastest group he's coached during his eight years in Piscataway. Schiano, who's also was a defensive coordinator in Miami and served in the NFL as a defensive assistant and defensive backs coach for the Chicago Bears, said this group is up there with some of the other teams he's been apart of. He said you can make a case for Rutgers speed at the top, but overall as a team they still need a little more to go.

"This is the fastest team at Rutgers I've ever coached and it's comparable to some [of the team's at other places] I've coached," Schiano said. "Top end speed it's up there, but with total team speed, it's not there yet."


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