News, Notes and Injury Report: Practice #6

The Rutgers football team is set to have its first scrimmage of training camp tomorrow at Rutgers Stadium and, after six practices it should serve as the start of players finding their roles for the upcoming season.

Rutgers Football Coach Greg Schiano laid out his goals for both the offense and defense after today's morning practice.

"I want to see us move the football and put it in the endzone and who does that, what group of people does that best together," Schiano said. "I'm looking for consistency [on defense]. We have experienced players and they need to play like it."

After the scrimmage, Schiano and his coaching staff will start to truly evaluate where everyone best fits into the offensive, defense and special teams schemes.

"I don't know if [the depth chart] will change, but there'll be lengthy meetings about where we should go for the next scrimmage," Schiano said. "If it plays out that we're right the way we have it, then it'll stay, but we're looking to see who's the best."

Senior quarterback Dom Natale said that he has to approach scrimmages differently than a normal practice because of the way reps are divided between the five quarterbacks. Natale will split reps with the first team offense along with senior Jabu Lovelace.

"It's harder because sometimes you get your series, get a drive and then maybe you're out for a good 20 minutes standing there cold," Natale said. "In that sense it's a little bit different. You have to really focus on the mental part of it, just staying in there and keeping your head in there."

Scrimmages are even more important in college football because it's the only chance for coaches to judge their players based on real-time action.

"The scrimmage is the most like a real game that we can get to," said senior cornerback Billy Anderson. "We don't get preseason games like the NFL does. I think [the coaches] put more weight in that and we'll just see who steps up and makes the biggest plays."

Defensive end Jonathan Freeny did not participate in practice after an ankle injury. Schiano said that he does not yet know how the injury will affect the junior.

Freeny has served as a backup defensive end for the Scarlet Knights. He has 22 career tackles and one sack in two seasons.

Fullback Robert Joseph is out for the season, Schiano said, after having a procedure done on his leg. The freshman has not participated in training camp as per NCAA rules, but is enrolled for the fall at the University. He will redshirt the 2009 season.

"There's a rule that if you have an injury that will keep you from going the rest of camp, then you can stay and get rehab and meals and live in the dorms, but you can't go to football stuff," Schiano said. "He's not at the football practices and football meetings, but he's getting rehab."

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