Notes: CB Bing, RB Young's health, etc.

Rutgers senior Brandon Bing started the first two games of the 2009 season at cornerback, but then lost his job. Two-thirds of the way through spring practice, he is trying to earn the spot back, and part of his development is more dedication off the field. Also, running back Kordell Young is trying to come back from knee surgery. But will he be ready by the start of the season?

PISCATAWAY – Rutgers cornerback Brandon Bing is no longer going for the spectacular play in practice, and he is spending a lot more of his down time watching film.

The senior cornerback is trying to earn another shot at starting after being replaced in the secondary in the third game of the 2009 season, and he said much more film study is making a big difference in his play.

"I've got one more year left, so this is it,'' the 5-foot-11, 180-pound Bing said. "Before I was (watching film) just during the season, but now it's all the time. I've been watching upcoming opponents, watching myself one-on-one. I've got a DVD of just one-on-ones with myself.

"I'd have to say my preparation (is the difference). Last year I said I was trying to be consistent and worried about keeping my starting place. This year it's more about knowing not only my place, but what everybody else is doing. I've got to teach the younger guys, so that's helping me do what I have to do because those freshmen, I'm tutoring them.''

Bing started the first two games, but played in only seven of the 13 on the season. He made 10 tackles, but rather than sulk and decide to ride out the rest of his career, he re-dedicated himself in the offseason.

The increased film study has allowed Bing to self-correct on the practice field. He said he understands more quickly when his stance is faulty, or his feet are moving in the wrong way.

"I don't know if you see me out there, but I have a total different attitude,'' Bing said. "I believe I'm improved, so I believe this is my best spring. I believe I've been more consistent. I'm not worrying about trying to make big plays.

"I'm just worrying about doing my job and being consistent. That's the difference between now and before. I was worried about making plays, keeping my starting spot. Now, I'm starting to relax and I have to try and do everything perfect.''

Young's rehab
Running back Kordell Young's reconstructed right knee is feeling better, aside from the expected soreness of pushing it through rehab, he remains uncertain if he will be ready for the start of the season, let alone the start of August training camp.

"I'm not sure,'' Young said. "I'm going to do exactly what the doctors tell me, and hopefully I'll be ready by the start of camp. With injuries, everybody's different. Even if I am perfectly fine, I don't know how much I'll be doing.''

Young can be a crucial part of Rutgers' offense, particularly with his ability to pass protect and catch the ball out of the backfield, and his presence on the field could give the offense an added dynamic.

However, he is not ready to target the Sept. 2 season opener against Norfolk State as his return date.

"I've been through so many injuries, you don't really need to set a date to be back,'' Young said. "It's going to be ready when it's ready. You can't really force. That's what I've done in the past, and that's why the first time I kept getting hurt again.''

With the number of injuries Young experience, not playing crept into his mind. But only for a moment.

"Even if I'm in a limited role, I'm fine with it, as long as I can play,'' Young said. "I just want to be a part of it.''

Wedge busted
Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said he voted against the new "wedge'' rule in college football, which will limit the number of side-by-side blockers on kickoffs. The new rule will allow only two side-by-side. "I don't think it's a good rule,'' he said. "I don't think that's where people are getting hurt.''

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