Notes: Injury updates, B.J. Daniels and more

There were potential crippling injuries to Rutgers' secondary in the second half of the game at Conecticut. Find out the latest on those players. Also, Michael Vick and B.J. Daniels -- what do they have in common? And Rutgers is building a new recruiting lounge, which is supposed to be finished within the next month. Find out if it will be ready for Dec. 5 game against West Virginia.

The concern Rutgers coach Greg Schiano had about the free safety position subsided markedly when he learned starter Zaire Kitchen should be available for South Florida and his backup, Khaseem Greene, was able to practice Wednesday.

Both players were injured in the second half in the win at Connecticut, and their status was in question the last few days.

"Greene did practice and (Kitchen) I think is going to be all right,'' Schiano said. "We'll see. Give him a rest. He needs a bye week, anyway, with his knees.''

Greene said the injury turned out to severe cramping in his left leg, although it appeared much worse.

"When I went to breakdown (to make a tackle), my left leg got stuck in the ground and I thought my knee was going,'' Greene said. "I reached back to make a tackle, and I caught a cramp in my quad and my hamstring. It all locked up on me and when I felt that initial pain, I thought something was really wrong.''

Kitchen is fifth on the team with 39 tackles, but he brings so much more to the defense, Greene said.

"When ‘Z' goes down, we lose so much,'' Greene said. "He's our leader back there. He's just a great leader. To see him go down and be held out for the rest of the game, it's like, ‘Wow, that's pretty big.'

"He's directs everybody back there. He brings the oomph, so to speak. When he gets that big hit, like he usually does every game, it gets everybody going. He's a real mastermind back there and when I go in on third down, if there's something I have a question about, he knows how to direct me to get me to my assignment.''

Scouting USF's Daniels
With Matt Grothe out for the season with a knee injury, South Florida turned to red-shirt freshman quarterback B.J. Daniels. And the drop-off has been minimal, if any at all.

Daniels is 64 of 122 for 1,096 yards, 10 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also is the Bulls' leading rusher with 519 yards and four touchdowns.

"Reminds me of Michael Vick when we played him at Miami,'' Schiano said.

Greene, who will have a roll in containing Daniels, was equally impressed.

"When you watch film on him, it's like, ‘Wow,' ‘' Greene said. "He's very elusive. A quarterback like that, you just have play our assignment and don't blow your coverage because he's got a big arm in addition to his elusiveness.''

Recruiting lounge progress
The Scarlet Knights will host a bevy of official visitors for the Dec. 5 game against West Virgina, and Schiano said construction on the multi-million recruiting lounge should be finished.

"I haven't been there myself, but our people have,'' Schiano said. "They say it's coming right on schedule.''

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