Schiano Speaks: Week 3 Teleconference

Mohamed Sanu had all of training camp to get used to his transition from safety to wide receiver and earn a starting spot. For D.C. Jefferson, things happened much quicker. Just three weeks after making the sudden transition from quarterback to tight end, Jefferson earned his first career start Saturday against Howard.

And now for the first time, Jefferson has a week to prepare as a starter after head coach Greg Schiano named him as such earlier today.

"I think D.C. played pretty well, I think Shamar (Graves) is really going to have to have a great week to get back on top," Schiano said.

Jefferson, while replacing Graves as the starter last week, pulled in one big catch for 46 yards on the day. Graves did not have a reception but pulled in the lone passing touchdown against Cincinnati.

"Shamar is a good football player, so I expect fully he'll come storming back," Schiano said. "I think that is good. I think it makes us better."

Sophomore David Rowe also joined the starting ranks, replacing junior Brandon Bing at cornerback, according to Rutgers Head Football Coach Greg Schiano.

Rowe, a Cocoa, Fla. native, will get the chance to start against Florida International after playing well in the first two games at nickel and dime.

"I just think David has moved ahead," Schiano said. "They are both going to play as will Billy Anderson. I don't know who is going to start. That is my best estimate at this point. We have a week of practice. A lot of things can change in that week."

Rowe has impressed teammates in his second year on the Banks because of his calm and poise under pressure.

"He's shown that he's able to play," said senior cornerback and team captain Devin McCourty. "One thing about David is that he's always calm. He's not a guy that will get too high or too low emotionally. He's able to just play and forget about the last play that happened."

The two injuries of note from Howard came to safety Pat Kivlehan and left guard Caleb Ruch.

Kivlehan remains on the two-deep after a leg injury, but Ruch — a sophomore who lost his spot in camp to the thriving Howard Barbieri — has been replaced on the two-deep by junior Mo Lange.

"Caleb got injured in the game on Saturday," Schiano said. "I didn't put him on the [depth chart]. He may come back late in the week, but right now we are going to practice like he is not able to go. Hopefully we will be pleasantly surprised."

Schiano addressed the play of the freshmen in he press conference, saying that he was pleased by several of the first year performers.

I thought that Mohamed [Sanu] played well," Schiano said. "I thought Tom [Savage] did a good job. [Ka'Lial] Glaud got in there. I think he did fine. De'Antwan [Williams] got in there. I thought he did a nice job. He kind of slowed everything down a little bit. I thought there were some good things. Steve Beauharnais was in there. I thought he did some good things. Duron Harmon did some good things on special teams. I think there are guys that are getting a chance to play. As I talk to them 'when you get a chance, you have to make the most of it."

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