Notes: What is ailing RU's running game?

Rutgers offensive lineman Howard Barbieri talks about what is ailing the running game, and what needs to happen against an unconventional Army defense if the Scarlet Knights are to have success. Also, linebacker Ryan D'Imperio addresses the key to stopping the Black Knights' triple-option, and coach Greg Schiano gives an injury update heading into Friday's game in West Point, N.Y.

The latest round of inquisitions for Rutgers offensive line came after the Scarlet Knights ran for 38 yards on 20 carries against Pittsburgh in last week's loss, and guard Howard Barbieri said everyone knows what is wrong.

The issue, though, is correcting it.

"We haven't really gotten in a groove where all five linemen, plus the tight ends and who ever else is in the blocking scheme, we're all not doing what we're supposed to do on the same play, every play,'' Barbieri said. "That's the thing we're trying to work.''

If the panacea comes Friday in the form of Army, it will mean the Scarlet Knights will have solved an unorthodox defense.

Army's defense is predicated on blitzing, whether it being the old Chicago Bears "46'' defense with safeties blitzing, lining up a linebacker over the guard and implementing several blitzes from that package.

"It's like no defense I've seen,'' Barbieri said. "It was weird the first time I saw it. We definitely have to pay attention to all our assignments, and make sure we're on everything.''

Stopping the fullback
Army's triple-option is based on deception, which puts defensive assignments at an even higher premium than usual.

And the most important aspect to stopping it is limiting Army's fullback, junior Kingsley Ehie. He is averaging 4.3 yards on 73 carries.

"If one person makes a mistake, the ball can be shooting out for a big play,'' Rutgers middle linebacker Ryan D'Imperio said. "It's hard to stop the fullback. It's just something where we're going to have to go with our scheme and hopefully we take care of him.''

Kivlehan's return?
Sophomore strong safety Patrick Kivlehan is back practicing this week, and could make his return to the field after missing the last four games with a high ankle sprain.

"I feel a lot better,'' Kivlehan said. "Being hurt is very humbling. It's not that you take the game for granted, but when you're not there and you see everyone else playing, you start to miss it a lot. To get back in (and practicing) is just a job.''

Schiano said Kivlehan, who backs up Joe Lefeged, has a chance to play against Army.

Ouch report
Schiano said offensive lineman Desmond Wynn (shoulder) was "doing better'' and linebacker Ryan D'Imperio (shoulder stinger) has "a chance'' to play against the Black Knights.

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