Kordell Young Might Return

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Although speculation circulates around the right knee of Kordell Young, eliminate suspicion and internet rumors.

"Kordell's been practicing two days in a row now, so we'll see what role, if any, he plays Saturday," Rutgers football head coach Greg Schiano told reporters after Thursday's practice. "I'm not sure yet."

After he recovered in the offseason from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, Young started the season opener but not since. Earlier in the week, Schiano said there's a chance Young would miss the rest of the season.

In the meantime, Jourdan Brooks, Mason Robinson and Joe Martinek have seen action in all four contests for Rutgers (1-3). Starting the past two games, Brooks has separated himself from the group with 47 carries for 241 yards and five touchdowns.

He takes the 5.1 ground average into Morgantown, W. Va. for Saturday's Big East opener against West Virginia (2-2) and its raucous crowd.

"I haven't heard too much how it's gonna be," he said earlier in the week. "They told me it gets loud down there and the fans are really alive and into the game, so it's gonna be loud. We have to prepare ourselves mentally."

Wide receiver Tiquan Underwood recalled the Scarlet Knights' previous contest in Morgantown, a heart-breaking 41-39 loss in triple overtime in 2006.

"It was a night game and it had big stakes of course," Underwood, a senior, said. "That's a great place to play college football."

He also addressed the environment at Mountaineer Field.

"It's a nice atmosphere," Underwood said. "Their fans are passionate about the Mountaineers so it was real fun. It's crazy down there."

This year's contest also has meaning for Rutgers, which has never won in Morgantown in 15 tries.

"It's all about execution on Saturdays and we have to go out and execute our game plan," Underwood said. "You need focus. You need great preparation and practice during the week because it's hard to win college football games no matter where it's played. And that's what we're gonna have to do."

Although the Knights have a clean slate entering their conference schedule, Underwood does not undermine the out-of-conference play.

"We don't look at it like that," he said. "We take it game by game whether it's in conference or out of conference. You go out and your goal is to win every game. Right now we're 1-3. We realize that and our next step is the West Virginia game."

Notes:

Schiano addressed West Virginia's kick return coverage, which has allowed 11 plays of 20 yards or more.

"They had a few breakdowns," he said. "Traditionally, they're one of the best in the country in kickoff coverage."

Defensively, Schiano said he wants to limit long plays of 25 or more yards.

"I think 25-yard plays," he said. "There are statistical studies that demonstrate that 25 yard plays have a direct correlation with what you do."

Through four games, Rutgers has only committed 16 penalties for 130 yards, tied for 13th fewest in the nation.

"Yeah, we've actually been pretty good," Schiano said.


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