We're Not In Kansas Anymore

With wind gusts over 40 miles per hour Rutgers' Monday practice had challenging conditions for the Scarlet Knights. Coach Schiano didn't want it any other way though and in fact welcomed it as a learning opportunity for his players.

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Monday's weather conditions added increased difficulty in accurately assessing the progress of any of RU's QBs.

"It's awfully hard. D.C., with a big arm has a chance on a day like this but it's hard to have a chance on a day like this."

Schiano sees the adverse weather conditions of late as an opportunity to acclimate his players to all types of game day situations and would rather practice outdoors than in the bubble.

"We have a lot of young guys that have to play, and they need to learn through the noise, whatever the noise may be. [Through the] cold, wind, rain," added Schiano.

"Mother Nature has cooperated everyday which is good."

San San Te, the Scarlet Knight kicker who had back surgery in the off season, continues to remain on target, and Schiano assessed his development thus far.

"He took some chip shots today, he's on schedule."

Alex Silvestro came in as what many pundits considered a prototypical end, but in typical Scarlet Knight fashion, moved inside - and excelled - due to team needs. RU has added significant bulk to its interior line, allowing Silvestro to move back to his natural position.

"He's doing well, he's getting comfortable doing it. The only reason we would have to move him back inside is out of necessity," said Schiano.

Coach Schiano also spoke about some of the newer additions to the roster and how they have adjusted.

"They love it, they're glued to the hips of the upperclassmen and taking it all in. They're fun kids to have around."

In response to a question regarding when the freshman players know that it's not high school football anymore, Schiano affirmed that it doesn't take long before the transition is fully acknowledged.

"Probably their first 5:30 workout in February, they probably say this isn't Kansas anymore" said a grinning Schiano.

Coach also had kind words for Mason Robinson a newly converted wide receiver who played running back last season, but offers significant opportunity in his newfound position due to his quickness and creativity in the open field.

"Mason is a great kid, I think he can help us there (at wide receiver) though or I wouldn't have done it, I think he has proven that he can help us."

"I want to have some guys that have played in games. Mason's done that."


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