Practice Makes Perfect

With the weather being more cooperative, offering only cloudy skies, this Saturday's football practice at Rutgers featured the Scarlet Knights in some live action, also participating in scrimmage style situations. We caught up with Coach Schiano to get his thoughts on the practice and some of it's participants in particular.

Coach's Take
When asked if anyone in particular caught his attention at Saturday's practice, Rutgers Head Football Coach Greg Schiano responded: "I thought Joe (Martinek) and Jourdan (Brooks) did some good things," referring to two of his running backs.

"They have about equal experience, which should make for a great competition."

The aforementioned tandem, however, were not alone in receiving praise.

"Khaseem Greene made a very good play," stated Schiano.

Damaso Munoz, the veteran ‘backer familiar to many Rutgers fans, also looked good.

"I thought Damaso played with a great deal of passion."

Not to be outdone, the wideouts also offered hope for the future.

"I think the receivers caught the ball better than they did all Spring. It's an improvement," said Coach Schiano.

In particular, Tim Brown, now the veteran leader of a youthful WR corps, continued to show why he should be counted upon as a leader in his final season on the Banks.

"[Tim] is getting more and more comfortable". Coach Schiano then added, in response to a question that has come up all too often, since the dawn of Brown's successful RU career: "I don't think his size will be an issue."

"I think our younger guys [i.e., WRs] are more like the guys we had last year, I think we have a good mix."

Schiano also spoke about the ongoing quarterback competition.

"I think Domenic (Natale) clearly understands things better, has a better grip on it." He added, "It's all good opportunities for these guys to get better and they are [getting better]. There's no doubt they've made a big improvement in five practices."

SOR asked Coach Schiano to share his thoughts about no longer being the Defensive Coordinator.

"I miss sometimes being on one or the other but enjoy being able to be on both sides."

Schiano allayed any concerns of major changes by adding: "Those guys (Coach Bob Fraser and Coach Ed Pinkham) are doing a great job on defense and Kirk (Ciarrocca) and Kyle (Flood) are doing a great job as well. It's been a smooth transition."

In closing coach added: "I think we've got a really great senior class this year"

Injury Report:
Kevin Haslam is out with what Coach Schiano described as "nothing serious, a tweak in his leg". Coach went on to say that he does expects Haslam to be back this spring. Coach did have some good news to share on Jabu Lovelace, who has been unable to practice due to injury rehab. Lovelace is making progress, and in fact he was seen without a boot on his ankle at practice. Lovelace is expected to be back in time for summer camp.

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