Teel Is On Fire

If Rutgers can win its next two games, it would be assured of a bowl game - that was what was on the line going into yesterday's Army game. One down, one to go. It's quite a feat considering where RU was a just a few weeks ago. Mike Teel echoed Greg Schiano's sentiments on the team being inches off when things weren't going well, and said it just took a break to turn things around.

It was in Pittsburgh where the Rutgers offense let out all its frustrations from the season in a 54-point outburst. From there, the Knights' offense has been able to move the ball down field and punch it in the end zone.

While Heinz Field may be the location of where Rutgers showed what it was made of on the offensive side, Mike Teel said it was the game before that woke the team up.

Against Connecticut, the Knights only managed 12 points, but pulled out the win thanks to three missed field goals.

"The big thing was [the UCONN] because we were finally able to win a tight game," Teel said. "We finally got the ball to bounce our way - off the upright - and that kind of propelled us into the next week. From there, we just kind of took off."

Teel said his comfort level in the offense hasn't changed, it's just the offense is making plays.

"The bottom line is we're hitting plays," he said. "For the most part I felt comfortable and felt I was throwing the ball well, we just weren't able to hit the plays when we needed them."

The running game has also improved and Teel said both phases of the offense need to work together for the other to be successful.

"I think everything has to work together," he said. "When you're throwing the ball downfield well, it's going to back the secondary off a little bit, and you're going to be able to run the ball a little bit. When you're able to run the ball, it's going to tighten the secondary up, so you're going to be able to throw the ball over the top, so I think it all works together."

It was rough for Teel in the beginning of the season, but he's found a way to persevere and savage his final year in Piscataway. It takes a special type of quarterback to do it, and his will to win carried him through.

"It goes back to the determination and will you have to win," he said. "I have a strong will to win. The bottom line is there's 120 guys with you that are working their tails off with you and you don't want to let those guys down."

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