Brooks Might Play More Of A Role

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – As daylight hours decrease, Rutgers Stadium glows as early as four o'clock and sometimes earlier. "Can't beat November weather like this," Rutgers football head coach Greg Schiano said after Thursday's practice session.

Since Kordell Young resumed his starting role in the backfield, Jourdan Brooks has seen fewer carries.

"You may see more of him this week," Schiano said of Brooks. "I like guys who are team-oriented. Really I like a guy, whose role has been reduced, to play better and make his role bigger. That's what competition is."

In the meantime, the economic decline has caused some concern for the completion of the stadium's expansion project. Despite rising costs and limited resources for funding, Schiano believes that everything remains on schedule.

"Yeah, it will be fine," he said.

Financing's OK?

"Like I said, we're going to work it out," Schiano said. "It's too important."

Despite the demanding and grueling season, Schiano said he stays apprised of the construction.


Schiano also addressed the upcoming contest against Syracuse.

"You're never satisfied," he said of the comfort level. "Our guys worked hard. That's one thing I think- we practiced hard for three days last week and practiced hard for four days this week. Hopefully, it'll pay off."

Tampa Bay Buccaneers lineman and former Rutgers standout Jeremy Zuttah attended practice Thursday. Schiano expressed much joy in seeing former players return to the sidelines, especially in the summer months.

"I love seeing guys come back," Schiano said. "Summer time is even better when they train with the kids. And you quickly see all these guys in the National Football League. They're a great example because one to the next, they're all quality people, as well as great players, so it's a great example for our guys and our program to look up to."

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