FieldTurf & Back in Action

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The benefits of FieldTurf will present themselves on Saturday when meteorologists expect much wind and rain in the forecast.

"You have plays that you certainly major in more than maybe some of the other things if it's wet," Rutgers football head coach Greg Schiano told reporters Thursday.

He was asked if he alters the game plan, focuses on the run during blustery conditions, despite playing on the synthetic surface that has combined the elements of natural grass and durability.

"It all depends if it's windy and rainy at the time of the game," Schiano said of the revolutionary monofilament turf system which was installed on Aug 17, 2003 at Rutgers Stadium, according to "We have FieldTurf so it (the field) dries out instantly."

In the meantime, Rutgers received positive news regarding two important defensive linemen. Schiano said Pete Tverdov and George Johnson will compete against Morgan State.

"Pete and George will play," Schiano said. "I don't know how long. We'll see how they hold up."

On the offensive side, Kordell Young continues to progress from his knee injury. Schiano said he is "not sure yet" about Young's status for the Division I Football Championship Subdivision Bears.

In the third ever meeting between the Knights and the Bears, Schiano discussed the expensive nature of scheduling these types of contests with programs of the ranks known previously as D-I AA .

"It's getting so darn expensive," he said. "You try to get the one for the best price. Locally, that's usually better because they can bus up and not have to fly."

The Bears will commute approximately three plus hours from Baltimore, Md. to Piscataway.

Schiano on Marcus Witherspoon, the newest Scarlet Knights addition: "He looks pretty good. He's worked hard to get himself in baseline conditioning."

On Jack Corcoran's blocking: "Jack's doing a good job. He's gotta improve, like everybody else. He's playing consistently, which is what we need from him."

On new play clock: "You're getting less plays and the game is shorter," Schiano said. "It's what their intent was and it's working."

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