Savage is "OK"

True freshman Tom Savage is feeling better after taking a serious shot with 13 minutes to go in the fourth quarter of the Rutgers football team's 23-15 win over FIU. Savage got hurt on a 3rd down play trying to scramble ahead for a first down when two FIU players landed awkwardly on both his head and hip.

"He's feeling better," Schiano said. "As time passed, things started to clear up. … We'll keep a close eye on him."

It isn't known if the deciding blow that led to Savage's removal and the entrance of Dom Natale to finish the game came to his hip or his head.

Savage himself doesn't even know.

"It's hard to tell if it was his hip or his head hitting the ground," Schiano said. "He doesn't know which one so we have to chalk it up to it was a good hit. "I was impressed at how tough he was. He took some shots." The most significant personnel change yesterday came at offensive line. Art Forst moved to left guard and Desmond Wynn got his first career start, playing right guard ahead of Howard Barbieri.

"Desmond really has a chance to be good," Schiano said. "Experience was lacking, but he's strong on blocks. We'll keep tinkering because it's not quite there yet. … We're getting better. … If it was all one guy [struggling], we'd make a clear personnel move."

Schiano said that the line is very close to being there, but they aren't there yet.

"They're improved," Schiano said. "They were one block away on eight or 10 plays from having a monster day rushing."

Sophomore left guard Caleb Ruch did not dress for the game and stood on the sidelines with the redshirts on crutches.

Safety Pat Kivlehan joined Ruch on the sidelines on crutches, wearing a cast on his right leg. Schiano hinted at changes on the depth chart in the punt and kick return games after Devin McCourty and Mohamed Sanu have struggled to make an impact in the team's first three games.

"Kick returns are like the offense," Schiano said. "We were one block away [many times]. We may have to make some personnel changes."

He was pleased, however with the play of the kickoff and punt coverage teams. "I think we're playing better on our coverage teams without a doubt," Schiano said. "Overall I'm pleased." Junior tailback Kordell Young is feeling OK so far, Schiano said, after getting in his first game since knee surgery in the offseason.

"I thought he was very good in pass protection," Schiano said. "If he can remain healthy, he can have a big role for us."

There are no other late injuries of note other than your average bumps and bruises, Schiano said.

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