Rutgers' First Scrimmage

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The Rutgers football team scrimmaged here on Wednesday. After the three-hour intrasquad session, head coach Greg Schiano discussed his initial reactions.

"Sloppy, but they tried hard," Schiano said of both sides. "They learned a lot about game day operation. We really had as close to a preseason game as you can have in college football."

The coaching staff managed to rotate the quarterbacks despite the roster depth.

From fifth-year senior Mike Teel to true freshman D.C. Jefferson, all six competed against their respective defenses.

On the opening drive, Teel marched the first unit down the field before he struck junior wideout Kenny Britt with the game's first score, a 12-yard touchdown reception.

"I felt Mike came out and had a grasp on everything," Schiano said afterwards.

Teel also connected with Tiquan Underwood, the Scarlet Knights second-leading receiver from last season with 1,100 and seven touchdowns, on numerous occasions throughout the scrimmage.

"Ti is continuing to play well," Schiano said. "Kenny played well."

Meanwhile, Schiano said tailback Mason Robinson "got bumped up."

"I don't think it's anything serious, but he's gonna be banged up for a couple of days," Schiano said of Robinson, who started, but divided the carries between Kordell Young and himself.

The tandem of Joe Martinek and Jourdan Brooks also shared the responsibilities in the backfield, as Schiano said he tried to divide the reps among the backs evenly.

Schiano, who also serves as the Knights defensive coordinator, evaluated the initial defensive struggles.

"Defensively, we didn't play well on third down again," he said. "First and second down I thought the defense played decently. I don't think we played well on third down until midway through the scrimmage and then all of a sudden the tide kind of shifted."

Several defensive players earned accolades from Schiano, including true freshmen Patrick Kivlehan, David Rowe and Brandon Jones.

"Kivlehan, Rowe and Brandon Jones- those three guys especially stood out as throwing their bodies around," he said.

However, Schiano cautioned about the situation at middle linebacker.

"Ryan's taken a lead," Schiano said, indicating that Damaso Munoz remains behind D'Imperio in the depth chart for now, but the situation could change as practice continues. "I wouldn't make too much of Ryan pulling ahead. That's where he is now."

Overall, he expressed satisfaction with the results.

"It was a good learning experience for us today," Schiano said.

Injury Report:

Schiano said receiver Dennis Campbell did not play due to a hamstring injury.


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