Injury Report: Watts Done, Young Sore Knee

Rutgers football head coach Greg Schiano announced that backup defensive end Gary Watts suffered a season-ending knee injury during last Saturday's practice. The 6-foot-3 245-pound senior tore his anterior cruciate ligament, will undergo surgery and apply for a medical redshirt.

True freshman Eric LeGrand replaced Watts as George Johnson's reserve.

Meanwhile, tailback Mason Robinson handled the backfield duties during Thursday's 44-12 defeat courtesy of North Carolina. Schiano said Kordell Young, who started the season opener, did not play due to soreness in his surgically repaired knee.

"He thought he was going to be okay, so early in the week he did a little bit but not too much," Schiano said. "We thought it was going to be better and it turned the other direction. He wasn't ready. He did not get much practice."

Robinson gained 87 yards on 16 carries, numbers that can deceive the naked eye. He produced 52 of those in the first three quarters, including three for a combined minus 5. He also deflected a pass from Mike Teel into UNC linebacker Bruce Carter's hands, which was returned 66 yards for a score.

Jourdan Brooks also saw his first career action and rushed seven times for 42 yards. Jabu Lovelace, Teel's backup, also picked up 27 on the ground.

"Now Mason and Jourdan both got a chance to carry the ball, and I thought at times they did good things," Schiano said, "but I felt that can be a little bit misleading, when some of those runs happened. We really have to look at everything."

Carolina also picked off Teel three times and Lovelace once more. Teel has now completed one touchdown pass and five interceptions in two games.

Although Schiano said Young's sore knee remains unrelated to last season's surgery, questions will be asked about the health of the third-year sophomore. Regardless, Robinson, Young and Brooks have not demonstrated the ability to run consistently and thereby open the air game for Teel like Ray Rice carried out during his successful reign here.

On a positive note, Jamaal Westerman earned his 22nd career sack in the first quarter and passed Shawn Williams for fourth place in team history. He remains four shy of third and seven for a second-place tie with Dan Gray.

Rutgers (0-2) looks for its first win of the season as it heads to Navy for a Saturday afternoon contest in eight days.

After upsetting the Knights on the road, the 2-0 Tar Heels return to Chapel Hill for a matchup with conference foe Virginia Tech (1-1), also next Saturday. The victory also marked their first one outside the state of North Carolina since 2002, a span of 20 games.

"It feels like we're just a little bit off," Schiano said. "Now why we're a little bit off, that's what we need to figure out. So we're a little off, we need to make this block, we need to make this throw, we need to make this catch, but I think after week one I thought we would just go and do it after we worked on it, but now I need to look at it to see if it's more than that."


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