No Green Light for Savage just yet

The Scarlet Knights have started using crowd noise in preparation for their first road trip of the season Saturday against Maryland. The road trip marks the first true test of Tom Savage who is recovering from a head injury suffered against Florida International.

"I tried to talk to them earlier in the week about what going on the road means," said head coach Greg Schiano. "Now to a true freshman like Tom [Savage], he has no idea. He has not faced a deafening noise when you're on offense yet. It's part of having a young quarterback — he's going to find out in a couple of days."

By adding crowd noise, Schiano hopes to have the offensive line and the rest of the offense ready for a much louder, hostile situation.

"We used the crowd noise as you heard today," Schiano said. "It's been pointed at the defensive field the last couple of weeks, but it was pointed at the offensive field. I don't know if that gets you ready or not. I think it gives you a little bit of adversity out here."

After moving sophomore Desmond Wynn into the starting lineup at right guard and Art Forst to left guard, Schiano still may not be satisfied with the offensive line and may continue to tinker for Maryland.

"I'm going to watch the tape tonight," Schiano said. "Coach [Kyle} Flood and I will talk about it, and maybe we'll tinker with it tomorrow if there are some things that we're not doing well. I think it's going to be a work in progress. No one would love for it to be settled more than I."

"Coach says that he loves competition for jobs because it keeps the program getting better," Wynn said. "So I just come in every day and keep pushing for the job." Wynn is aware of the competition and refuses to get too comfortable in his new starting role.

Schiano said that Savage is getting better and there has yet to be a decision made as to his status for Saturday.

"He looked OK," Schiano said. "There was a little residual (effect), he's not 100 percent. Quarterbacks don't get hit during the week, but he's not 100 percent so we'll see. I'm not sure if he's going to be able to go."

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