On an otherwise sunny and pleasant day, there was a dark spot as the injury bug continued to bite away at the Scarlet Knights. Tyrone Putman a walk-on tailback went down hard with an arm injury early in practice and did not return to the field. Putman, who has seen increased touches due to injuries to Jordan Brooks and Kordell Young had impressed in the first scrimmage held last week. More news on the full extent of Putman's injury will soon follow.
After practice Schiano did talk about the injury and his feelings whenever any player is injured during practice.
"It's sad, it's scary," stated Schiano.
"Guys go down sometimes, they get bumped up and you have to encourage them to get up because you have to push through it," Schiano said. "But as I run over to every kid I can tell if they're down or if they're down. He was down."
‘Jersey Joe' Martinek and Ben Boursiquot, another walk on at the tailback position, continued to split carries at tailback.
With three running backs now injured Mason Robinson also saw his touches increase at tailback, his old position before moving over to wide receiver this spring. Robinson looked comfortable at his old position as well as at his new one, making one particularly nice catch during the practice.
"We don't have to play a game so I'm not that concerned. I do want to be able to play a scrimmage so we'll put together some plays, see if anybody has ever played running back," Schiano said in reference to his concern at the depth at the running back position.
"Somebody's got to carry the ball to make it a scrimmage," he continued. "We'll see where we are. We're not going to jeopardize Joe or Mason's health just to be able to keep the scrimmage. One of the reasons we went a lot last Saturday is you never know. You never know what the next week holds so you get it while you can."
The starting quarterback battle continued in full force with Domenic Natale, D.C. Jefferson and Steven Shimko looking more relaxed as spring camp has progressed.
"They're giving every ounce they have and that's what I'm satisfied with, our effort I'm satisfied with," Schiano stated in reference to his take on the on going quarterback competition.
The sun peeking out and making a rare but welcome appearance was not missed by Schiano. He joked, "Looking at the weather deal though this is the first and last, so enjoy it while you can."
Anthony Davis did not practice today as he has what Schiano described as "a little head ding". Coach went on to say Davis may be ready to go for Saturday's scrimmage.
Taking in today's practice were former Scarlet Knights Tiquan Underwood, Jason McCourty and Kevin Malast; all were there to support their former teammates.
The Sun Shines in Piscataway, finally
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