The departure of Ray Rice has shown to be a steep hole that the Knights have been unable to fill as they look nothing like the offenses of the past few years. Schiano knows losing a guy like Rice is very hard to overcome, but is confident in his team as they move forward.
"I don't think it's just [effects Mike Teel], it's our entire football team," he said. "He's not easy to replace and unfortunately the guy that was going to replace him was injured in our opening ball game and didn't get to play until this past week. We're fighting through some changes and adjustments, but we have some great guys and a great staff so I'm looking forward to the remainder of the season."
Teel's 2008 season hasn't gone the way many expected, as he has just three touchdown passes and seven interceptions to go along with a completion percentage just over 55 percent. Ever since high school, Teel's been on winning teams and Schiano said the team as faith in the fifth year senior, and look upon him to get them through this 1-5 season.
"Mike's a winner, he's a leader," "Things just aren't going our way right now. He's respected on our football team and he's earned that respect. He's built that equity within and it's in the tough times when you need to rely on that and the history he's had with our guys, and he's doing that."
He'll have his chance this Saturday as the Knights take on last year's Big East co-champions in Connecticut.
"We'll certainly have that opportunity against a 5-1 Connecticut team that's playing very well," Schiano said. "It's going to be a great challenge for our program."