Notes: Young's health, Smith's red-shirt

Rutgers running back Kordell Young has battled knee injuries throughout his career, but he is regaining his health this season and his workload in the offense is increasing. Young discusses the health of his knees, and his uncanny ability to block. Also, Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano talks about red-shirting a freshman, and the injury situation heading into Friday's game at Army.

Kordell Young isn't sure what percentage his rehabbing knees are at, although he is not ready to say it is 100 percent, but he feels well enough to play a big role in the offense.

He also knows he must prove to the coaching staff he can handle an increased workload, and it began with a strong performance in last week's loss to Pittsburgh.

Young is Rutgers' third-down tailback, and a pass-protector extraordinaire in the backfield. "I'm just going to do whatever the coaches ask me to do,'' Young said. "I don't think it's a point of proving my health. I think it's a process I have to go through because of the surgery, and what my knees have been through and all the setbacks that I've had in the past, rushing it too fast and this and that.''

Young led the Scarlet Knights with 554 yards rushing last year, but offseason knee surgery limited him in training camp.

He came out of the Pittsburgh loss with only the normal post-game soreness, and attributed that to rehabbing his knee, as well as precautionary care.

"Whether I feel completely confident 100 percent, I don't really know that,'' Young said. "Hopefully, I can keep getting better and better.''

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano is limiting Young's playing time to make sure the knee soreness doesn't flare up again, especially since Young's value as a third-down back is pivotal to the offense.

He can catch the ball out of the backfield, run and is also the best blocker among the running backs, something he attributes to playing in the wing-T formation in high school.

"He's physically strong and technically proficient,'' Schiano said about Young's blocking. "He's really good at understanding where to fit …and sifting through it and getting on the right guy. "He's a good high-speed decision maker, and all the positions in the wing-T, you have to make high speed decisions every play.''

Red-shirting Smith
The original post-game booklet listed freshman cornerback Abdul Smith as making his first appearance of his career, but Schiano said that was not the case. Rutgers then checked the video and the play in question involved Zaire Kitchen, and not Smith, which means Smith will retain his red-shirt year.

Injury updates
Coming out of the Pittsburgh game Schiano said linebacker Ryan D'Imperio (shoulder) and offensive lineman Desmond Wynn (shoulder) were banged up. Following the last practice before Army, Schiano said he expected those players to be available.


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