Schiano says Quarterbacks look improved

The 100+ degree heat on the Rutgers practice field was not enough to slow down the quarterbacks competing for the starting job who, according to head coach Greg Schiano, were significantly better than they were over the spring.

"I thought they did better today than they had all spring," Schiano said. "They have a long way to go, but that tells you how long they had to go last spring."

The Scarlet Knights had all five quarterbacks at full-go for their first practice of training camp with seniors Dom Natale and Jabu Lovelace splitting time with the ones (i.e., 1st team) and D.C. Jefferson, Steve Shimko and Tom Savage all working with the reserves.

"I think it went well," Domenic Natale said. "I think we went out and improved from the spring. We ended that spring game on a high note and we just carried it over to this practice right now."

Natale, in his first camp as a potential starter, said that the preparation is different for him this year.

"It was a little bit different," Natale said. "It's obviously exciting. I'm excited for the opportunity. I've been waiting a long time for it and I'm just excited to come out and compete." On the opposite side of the spectrum is true freshman Tom Savage from Cardinal O'Hara High school, who in his first ever practice said he felt like his adjustment is underway.

"When I was at the spring practices I was getting ready for it, but I didn't realize how intense it was going to be," Savage said. "I kind of got lost in the process a little bit, but all the older quarterbacks helped me out."

He wasn't concerned with the change in speed however, saying that he is confident that things will come together with more practice.

"I'm getting there, I feel like," he said. "I'm just trying to watch the older quarterbacks and we'll see what happens."

The other big news from day one of camp is that left tackle Anthony Davis, contender for the Outland Trophy, is working with the second team. Schiano said that his drop in the depth chart can be contributed to the fact that he came into camp above his target weight.

"He's working with the second team," Schiano said. "He came in a little bit heavier than he was supposed to and there's just consequences with everything that happens … In the NFL you get fined $1,000 a pound. Here, I can't do that."

To replace Davis, senior tackle Kevin Haslam moved to left tackle and junior Howard Barbieri stepped in at right tackle.

Junior running back Kordell Young returned to the field for the first time since his knee surgery. He will be limited in his playing time as he heals, but he is confident that he will be ready for Cincinnati.

"It felt great just to put a helmet back on and be out there with everybody else even though I was limited," Young said. "It was good to feel like a part of the team again."

Damaso Munoz was carted off the field about halfway through practice for exhaustion, but Schiano said the senior linebacker will be fine.

The first day of padded practice will be Saturday.


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