Mike Teel Will Remain The Starter

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – As the season unfolds, the bond between Rutgers Coach Greg Schiano and quarterback Mike Teel strengthens.

"Certainly I'm worried about him because I care about him," Schiano said of the fifth-year senior quarterback's psyche at his weekly press conference. "It's a very tough thing, compounded by the situation at the end, but it won't be the toughest day of his life.

"It's a game, and it happened as part of the game. He's going to have tougher things in his life, and hopefully this experience will make him ready for that."

Searching through his book of wisdom for answers to the Knights' 0-3 record and consistent struggles, Schiano refuses to pin the problems on talent.

"I don't think talent is the issue," Schiano said. "I'm not going to stand here and say we're the most talented team in the country, but I think we are just not quite detailed enough yet.

"Some of it has to do with having some first-year players in there, but some of it has to do with just not being detailed enough. For whatever reason that is, when you have a situation like that, and you have an experienced player, you say, ‘OK let's look at all the reasons.'"

Contrary to that standpoint, inexperienced running backs, Jourdan Brooks and Joe Martinek, combined for nearly 200 yards against Navy's defense in a 23-21 defeat this past weekend; in week two Mason Robinson gained 87 yards on the ground; Kordell Young scampered for 110 in the season opener.

While Brooks and Martinek redshirted last season, Robinson (10 GP) and Young (3 GP) are not veterans.

"We felt that those two guys were on a roll and there wasn't anything that they were doing that we didn't feel would continue," Schiano said of Brooks and Martinek, who played against the Midshipmen (2-2), "so we didn't want to break the rhythm that they had. I felt bad for Mason, because I thought there was somewhere in the game he could have helped us other than special teams, but sometimes it's easier said than done."

The three losses have frustrated Schiano, who prepares for Morgan State (2-1), a Football Championship Subdivision member, at Rutgers Stadium on Saturday.

"I really believe that they are being coached very well with a high degree of detail," he said of the Bears. "Obviously we're not getting it done right now the way we want to. I am working very hard as head coach to make sure we all understand what our picture is, what our vision is and what we're trying to get done."

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