Notes: Bouncing back, injuries, etc.

What is Rutgers' psyche coming off its loss at Syracuse? Are the Scarlet Knights practicing the way coach Greg Schiano would like heading into a pivotal game Friday at Louisville? Also, Schiano updates the health of leading receiver Tim Brown and kicker San San Te, and he talks about whether one of his assistants has been contacted about a head coaching position.

There are signs to look for in practice, the players say, that are telltale in letting everyone know the attitude is fine coming off a distressing loss.

It deals with the energy level on the practice field, and Rutgers coach Greg Schiano is pleased heading into Friday's game at Louisville.

"I want them to practice with enthusiasm and focus,'' Schiano said. "We're doing fine.''

Rutgers running back Joe Martinek said he knew after the film review of the loss to Syracuse that the Scarlet Knights were going to be able to put the game behind them.

"Once we're done with the film and we move onto the next opponent, you're able to feel the mood around the building,'' Martinek said, "and how people are going to react and get ready for the next game.

"You can tell when people are trying to work hard and get better. There's a different mood around practice then when people are down and depressed and just trying to get through it. We've had the good mood for most of the season.''

Senior receiver Tim Brown said he paid close attention to the energy level of practice the last few days, and he got the response he wanted.

"Nobody went out looking sad and playing sloppy,'' Brown said. "We went out and stayed focused and practiced as hard as we can, knowing we have to get better. Our energy level is what (to look at).

"If we come out slow, then you know we're worrying about what's in the past and not worrying about what's coming up. We've done a great job.''

Brown, Te looking better
Schiano said Brown, the team's leading receiver with 44 catches, is "getting better,'' and Brown (ankle) added he anticipates playing.

"I'll be ready,'' Brown said.

Schiano also said placekicker San San Te (leg) should be ready, but the status of receiver Mark Harrison (head) was uncertain.

Susan and Princeton
Rutgers tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Joe Susan spent nearly a decade as an assistant coach at Princeton, so when Roger Hughes was fired, Susan's name quickly cropped up as a potential replacement.

Schiano said he was unsure if Princeton contacted Susan.

"Joe has been an excellent head coach, and will be an excellent head coach,'' Schiano said. "If Joe wants that, he'd be excellent.''

Susan and strength and conditioning coach Jay Butler are the two on-field members that have been part of Schiano's original staff at Rutgers.

Susan spent a year as the head coach at Davidson, leading the Wildicats to a 10-0 mark.

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