Savage expected to go Saturday

Tom Savage spoke with the media today for the first time since his injury and the word from the true freshman is that everything feels good."I feel good. We had the walkthrough and I worked out a bit last night," the true freshman said yesterday. "I feel really good. … I got a little bump on my head but I'm fine now."

Head coach Greg Schiano said things have cleared up for Savage, but there is no official prognosis yet.

"Hopefully we are going to have him," Schiano said. "If Tom is well, he will be the No. 1 quarterback."

Savage told reporters that he's preparing to start for Maryland and expects to do so.

After shutting out FIU for the first 54 minutes of Saturday's game, the defense has certainly taken strides in the right direction despite giving up 15 points in the final six minutes. Schiano pinpointed Devin McCourty and a pair of defensive ends as players that have helped steady the defense.

"I think they have gotten better. They are playing with more confidence, they are playing faster," Schiano said. "I think there are a couple of guys that are really playing at a high level, which I think everyone else is feeding off of. I think one you have to look at is Devin McCourty. He has played really good football all season.

"George Johnson has made some real fine plays. Jonathan Freeny has had some real good pass rushes. Obviously, Ryan D'Imperio is making a lot of plays. Playing good defense, you get your feet set and you know what you're looking at, and you go play hard and we are getting better at that."

The Rutgers return game has disappointed so far this season. Through the first three games, punt returner Mohamed Sanu averages just 2.5 yards per return and kick returner Devin McCourty averages 16.2 yards per return.

"Some of the punt stuff is a product of coming after them and we haven't gotten there but we've put some pressure on," Schiano said. "Kickoff return - I think we will do better eventually with the kickoff return. We are a work in progress there. Right now [we are going to stick with the guys we have]. The game against Maryland marks the first road game of the season for the Scarlet Knights and Schiano expects a challenge from both the Terps and the Terrapin fans.

"Going on the road is definitely part of the challenge of playing Division I football," he said. "We are going into a hostile environment. … "I guarantee Coach Friedgen is getting his Maryland team ready to play Rutgers. It is going to be a heck of a football game. You are on someone else's turf. It is different. You have your little sliver of Scarlet Knights' fans and then the rest is against you."

In other Scarlet Knights news, former safety Courtney Greene signed a contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars after the seventh round pick got cut by the Seattle Seahawks.

Greene joins Cam Stephenson and Tiquan Underwood on the Jags and will be active for the team's next game.


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