Kenny Britt Emerging As The Go To Man

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Once receiver Kenny Britt enrolled in Rutgers football program, he immediately connected with quarterback Mike Teel.

"That's been happening since I came in," Britt said. "You gotta get a feeling for Mike and Mike gotta get a feeling for you."

Teel felt something this past Saturday, as he completed 14-32 for 170 yards, 12 of which to Britt for 151.

"Once Mike is in that rhythm and he sees the receiver's focused the whole game, he's gonna come to him a lot," Britt, a junior said of Teel, a fifth-year senior. "But then in practice we improvise on what we can do better and how we can time up things better."

Although the Scarlet Knights lost to West Virginia, 24-17, and fell to 1-4 on the season, Britt quickly focuses on his next task: 4-1 Cincinnati.

"That's one thing we have to work on," he said of overcoming the unappealing record. "Any loss can bring you down. The past is the past. You can't change it now. We have Cincinnati this week and that's what we're gonna try to focus on."

Britt specifically focuses on a potential matchup with Bearcats cornerback Mike Mickens, who enters his final season with 10 career interceptions and, like Britt, with NFL prospects.

"Definitely, he's one of the best corners in our league," Britt said of Mickens. "I'm looking forward to the matchup. He's a good competitor my two years here."

In 2006, Mickens earned a single-best two picks off Teel en route to an upset victory over Rutgers. His counterpart DeAngelo Smith also remains equally as dangerous in Cincy's defensive backfield. In that same contest, he returned a pick 84 yards to the house.

Yet, Britt, who has achieved success against Cincinnati (9 catches for 91 yards in '06; 5-92 last year) thus far, reminds everyone of Rutgers' other weapon: Tiquan Underwood.

"I guess so," he said of the matchup. "I believe they'll do something like that. I have no worries about it. Regardless of what happens, we have another receiver on the other side that can make it happen."

Although Underwood notched 1,100 receiving yards and seven touchdowns last season, he has yet to reproduce similar numbers in 2008 (14-160 in five games, 0 TDs).

In the meantime, Britt has continued his 2007 onslaught (62 grabs for 1232 yards and eight scores). He leads the team in receptions, 33, and receiving yards, 413.

Britt points to red zone inefficiency in identifying the Knights' offensive woes.

"We're not getting it done in the red zone," he said of Rutgers, which sits at No. 100 in scoring and 83 in total offense. "We can move the ball easily up and down the field. It's just getting tougher in the red zone, finishing. We really can't beat teams with three points; we need to put the ball in the end zone."

That task is even more challenging come Saturday with two star cornerbacks in the Bearcats secondary. But, it certainly helps Britt to have that relationship with Teel, his field general.

"We say one thing before the game and that's about it," Britt said. "We say, ‘Meet you on the playing field,' and we say nothing else to each other unless the offense is not going the way it's supposed to go.

"We say to each other, ‘We have to get this offense going,' because we know we're the energized guys and everyone looks up to us."


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