Kordell Young, a junior tailback, has a chance to see his first action since the middle of last season in a Rutgers uniform.
"I think he's pretty close [being ready]," said head coach Greg Schiano. "We'll ease him back into it. Let's see how he does before I presume anything. I want to see the tape, how he looks.
"He's an explosive runner so there's things he's going to be able to do for us. I'm concerned for him. He's been through a lot. I just hope that he can, in the role that we ask him, he can stay healthy and that we're using the right judgment on how much he can do."
For Young, he's just excited to get back on the field.
"It's been a long time and I just want to get back out there," Young said.
Young said that if he is cleared to play, he will go at it 100 percent, adding that "if you're out there you have to go hard."
Throughout all of the trials and rehabilitation, Young said that he doesn't think he's lost a single step since his true freshman year where he burst onto the scene as a backup to Ray Rice and kick returner.
"I think so," Young said when asked if he has the same abilities. " I mean, I don't know because I haven't watched film yet, but I feel pretty good."
The other news on the injury front is that Caleb Ruch and Pat Kivlehan (both with leg injuries) are unlikely to play.
Schiano said that Ruch is a "long shot" and that Kivlehan is "going to be a little while. He's not going to need surgery. He just needs to heal."
Schiano also address the lack of production from the wide receiver position from the young receivers. Other than Mohamed Sanu, zero of the team's five first-year players to see time have logged a catch.
"I don't think we've given much opportunity to the young guys to do much," Schiano said. "We're getting their feet wet, we're not putting them in position. … Sometimes, depending on the coverage, we may not plan on throwing it to them and they just come open and we'll throw it to them. But our whole thing right now is we want to get these guys in there, and let them play, and get a feel. Because no matter how much they practice, speed's different, coverages are different."
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