Notes: WVU, resting Savage, injuries and more

West Virginia has beeen Rutgers' nemesis in the Big East, from the 80-7 win to the triple overtime win. So with the Mountaineers coming to Rutgers Stadium on Saturday, how will coach Greg Schiano address it? Also, is QB Tom Savage tiring? How did LB Steve Beauharnais play in his second career start? And what is the latest on WR Tim Brown's injured ankle? Find out here.

The 80-7 beating Rutgers absorbed against a bad West Virginia team in 2001 is a constant reminder of the gap between the programs in the first year of coach Greg Schiano's tenure.

Since then there was the triple overtime loss in 2006, and the seven-point loss to the Mountaineers last season.

But through the blowouts and the close losses, the constant has been a Rutgers loss.

The Scarlet Knights last beat the Mountaineers in 1994, a 17-12 decision.

So, will Schiano address the Mountaineers string of success against the Scarlet Knights with his players as West Virginia visits Rutgers Stadium on Saturday for a noon kickoff?

"I really don't think I have to,'' he said. "I think everybody kind of knows. I'll probably leave it up to (the media) because I'm sure it will be written enough and talked about enough, so I think everybody (knows) we do not have a very successful track record against West Virginia.''

Keeping Savage fresh
Rutgers quarterback Tom Savage has shown very little signs of being a freshman, nor of being a tiring freshman because of the length of the season.

Still, it is something Schiano said he is concerned about.

"He's got all the same pressures all our student-athletes have,'' Schiano said, "especially our freshmen, getting everything done that we ask them to do; study hall hours, being on time for everything. We have special freshman developmental time, where they work on life skills and things.

"And throw on top of that all the extra study that quarterbacks do. I see him getting worn out like a lot of freshman. I think this little rest, although it's a small one, is a good one, where he can just go home and be with his family and re-charge a little bit for the final push.''

Injury update
Rutgers did get banged up in Friday's 34-14 win at Louisville, but so far Schiano is calling tight end Shamar Graves (internal) and defensive end Justin Francis (leg) day-to-day.

"The tests (on Graves) were negative so he was able to return to New Jersey with us,'' Schiano said. "I think he's sore, but he's going to be ok.

"(Francis) left the game on crutches. I think he's going to be sore. He's day-to-day probably.''

Also, Schiano re-iterated what he said following the game about receiver Tim Brown, who made seven catches for 124 yards and a touchdown despite a sprained ankle.

"Tim's sore. I'm sure he's going to be day-to-day again this week,'' Schiano said. "I thought that was a really gutsy effort. He's a tough, tough kid.''

Beauharnais' play
The flight home gave Schiano a chance to review the game film, and one thing he was anxious to see was the play of freshman linebacker Steve Beauharnais, who was making his second career start.

"He was very active,'' Schiano said. "I thought Steve played well. He made a lot of plays. He plays very fast. He's going to be a good football player, and he deserves to be playing.'' Beauharnais made five tackles and had a sack.

Hocus focus
Coming off a bad loss to Syracuse, Rutgers didn't panic and played well against Louisville. And even when the Scarlet Knights were not moving the ball offensively in the second half, the defense played well and shut down the Cardinals.

"I was really proud of our guys,'' Schiano said, "the level of focus they exhibited throughout the game, even when in the second where we had a string of series where we weren't doing much offensively, and we had given up two scores, and all our guys stayed very, very focused.''

Maxing out the Wildcat
Schiano said there is plenty more that could be done in the "Wildcat'' package, but it may not be used despite the success Mohamed Sanu (18 rushes, 148 yards, two TDs) enjoyed at Louisville.

"The question is, ‘How much can Mohamed absorb,' because he has another every day job playing receiver, too,'' Schiano said. "


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