Im not really looking at North Carolina, Schiano said. Weve rated it, evaluated it, and been through it. Right now its all about Navy. What they do in their passing game, they dont throw it very much, but when they do its usually off of a play action fake or option fake. The big plays they hit, theres usually no one within five yards of the receiver. We have to have disciple and keep our eyes in place.
Schiano also said the team has looked good in practice since falling to 0-2. Right now, the team is focusing on eliminating the mistakes early, so they can play with the lead instead of behind.
Weve had two good practices, he said. Theyve worked very hard. Thats not really been an issue with this team. You dont really get second chances in games, so were trying to decrease the number of second chances in games it takes to come back. If we do that in practice, well be alright.
Navy presents a different challenge than the other teams on the schedule. Schiano said its a unique week because of the triple-option offense they run. To practice against the run, the team has used redshirt freshman Rob Cervini as the scout team QB. As a defense, he said you need to a present them a different look than what you would normally play.
We try to gather everything we can about Navy, he said. The thing is with them, theyve run this offense for years. What happens is everybody gives them a defense of the week. People dont just show up and play them in their base defense. Over the course of 12-to-13 games a year, theyve seen it all. How many things can you do with 11 guys, theyve seen it all.
Senior running back Shun White is the nations leading rusher on a team that averages 370.3 yards per game. Schiano said hes a good back, and not just a beneficiary of a good system.
I think hes a really good football player in a great system, he said. They run the football thats what they do. Hes very good, and he replaced somebody that was very good. They just keep running them through there.
In 2006, Rutgers played tremendous against Navy, shutting them out 34-0. At the time, the Knights held the nations best rushing offense to shut 113 yards on 50 carries. Schiano said it was one of the better games his team has ever played defensively.
That was one of the better games weve played defensively since Ive been here, he said. Everyone was on-point and remember, we put their starting quarterback out early in the game, which never helps offensively.
Schiano said running back Kordell Young practiced today, but is not yet 100 percent. Hes not sure yet if hes going to play.
On how the running back situation will go, he said a choice might not be made until game day.
I dont know, I think were going to wait on this one, he said. I think its going to be more of a game time decision.
Eric was going to play either way, Schiano said. But with the injury to Gary Watts, we felt he was athletic enough to move out. Hes a hard worker, works hard at understanding the scheme and hes talented.
LeGrand will be moving over from linebacker to the line. Schiano said sometimes players dont always want to change. If they feel strongly about it, he wont force them.
Its happens occasionally, he said. I will tell them why its a good idea and why it would help our football team. I never forced someone to do something if they truly dont want to do it.