Ready To Take To The Air

PISCATAWAY, N.J. –Winning is contagious. But so is losing.

"You go into every game just executing your game plan, just let the game come to you, let it happen," senior Tiquan "Ti" Underwood said. "And that's what we're going to continue to do."

"The confidence will always be there, especially within our team. The moral is great and we're just gonna continue to push forward, working hard in practice.

What was supposed to be Teel's breakthrough year, has slowly unraveled in the opposite direction. But Ti defends his fifth-year senior quarterback who has not shied away from media scrutiny.

"I think going from game to game is always good for a quarterback because you get a fresh start," Ti, who has 10 catches for 107 yards and no touchdowns, said. "Whether he starts with completions or incompletions, it's a fresh start to the game, which is good. And we're just gonna go into it with a new mindset, new game plan and go from there."

That the Midshipmen have allowed 973 passing yards in three games barely fazes Ti, who grabbed 65 passes for 1,100 yards and seven touchdowns last season.

"Me, personally, I don't think about that stuff," he said. "You just go into it wanting to execute your game plan. We gotta have good focus going into this game."

Yet the veteran wide receiver grasps Navy's defensive alignments.

"One play they'll be in a four down defense and the next play they'll be a fifty defense, so you just gotta be alert, focused and be mindful about what defense they're in," Ti said.

Regardless, the winless season-opening stretch has challenged Ti to retain a positive outlook and lead the younger and more inexperienced personnel.

"It hasn't been difficult for me," he said. "I haven't been in this situation before. I see it as just a challenge, gotta help the younger guys get through it and that's what we're gonna do, push forward and get better as a team."

Although the Scarlet Knights have allowed 68 points thus far, all but seven of them on defense, Ti hesitates, refusing to implicate the defense.

"Our defense has been holding teams down," he said. "It's the offense's job to score points for them and that's what we're gonna try to go. We've been working on our execution in practice, just going hard."

When Ti and Teel finally reemerge, Rutgers will thrive on their contagious success. If their struggles continue, the contagious losing streak will only worsen.

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