Friday Practice brings mixed news

All Rutgers football fans are free to give a sigh of relief as head coach Greg Schiano said today at practice that Jourdan Brooks will not require surgery for his injured right leg.

Schiano said that the sophomore running back may miss the remainder of the spring, but he does not yet know how much time he's going to miss.

"He's OK," Schiano said. "He's not going to need any surgery."

Brooks was able to walk on his own today, but did not take place in drills.

The injuries to both Brooks and junior running back Kordell Young who is still rehabbing a knee injury from last season have given junior Mason Robinson another chance at running back, along with his reps at wideout.

Robinson took minimal snaps today with what's left of the healthy running backs today along with his work at receiver.

"Like I said earlier in the spring, you're not going to forget how to play running back and that's part of our plan, for him to play running back and wide receiver so it's good that he gets a little work. We were going to mostly do receiver just because he's never played that, but necessity has pushed him into the role a little."

Despite the absence of both Brooks and Young, Schiano said that he is not concerned with the depth of the running back position.

"If we lose another one there will be [concern], but we'll be able to practice with what we have, he said."

Robinson said that he is happy playing either position for the Scarlet Knights and is prepared to do either.

"[Coach] asked me to do it and once he told me I just said [I'd do] anything I could to help the team," Robinson said. "I was just ready to go. You had a lot of running backs that can play really well and we just had two great receivers leave."

Robinson said that he feels the transition has been smooth so far and that his coaches and teammates have been critical to helping him along.

"It's going pretty well, trying to keep learning and keep picking up everything that I can, try to be a sponge with everything and absorb everything," Robinson said."I look to coaches [for help], I look to [wide receivers] Julian Hayes, Pat Brown, Tim Brown even some of the young guys because they've been doing it here for a couple of months longer than me and in high school."

"When I was younger I just really focused on catching the ball and trying to work on everything in my overall game," he said. "It just comes from playing backyard football where you have a quarterback and everybody out there is a receiver. That's what it comes down to."

The Scarlet Knights have their first scrimmage scheduled for Saturday at Rutgers Stadium. It will be the first time the Knights play at Rutgers Stadium since the trouncing of Louisville to close it out last year.

In that scrimmage, Schiano will watch Robinson closely, saying that it will show how far he really is in his transition.

"I think he's doing well. I think Saturday will be big [for him]," Schiano said. "He has to go in there in game conditions and do it."

As for Young, who has missed parts of the last two seasons because of knee problems, Schiano said that he is on track in his recovery process.

"He's getting better," Schiano said. "He's on schedule … He goes to all of the meetings and does select things in practice so I think is doing fine."


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