The above video is from the official Rutgers football page on Youtube. The most notable news out of Saturday's practice was that Coach Schiano expressed continued satisfaction with the team's running game. Time will tell what combination of that success can be attributed to backs like De'Antwan Williams and Jawan Jamison, an improved offensive line, or a rebuilding defensive line.
The official Rutgers football Youtube channel posted Coach Schiano's comments to the press from practice today. Schiano noticeably lavished praise on redshirt freshman receiver Brandon Coleman, wondering in hindsight whether Coleman should have played as a true freshman with Mohamed Sanu battling numerous injuries. Schiano further praised Scott Vallone's work in moving over to nose tackle. Vallone, of course, is more of a natural pass rusher, but he'll have to play the nose in an effort to see what promising underclassmen like Mike Larrow can do next to Vallone. And cross your fingers, but GS expressed some early cautious optimism about the offensive line. Andre Civil's up to 275 lbs. You wonder if David Osei will really give Dallas Hendrikson a push at center. He also singled out Brandon Jones and Logan Ryan at corner, with Gareef Glashen's status in question with a possible hand injury. Still, it's early. Assorted players right now are receiving praise, or inconspicuously are not, and you can only hope to get something in the way of answers from the upcoming team scrimmages. The last thing you want to see were last year's mass of unanswered questions and ambiguities.
I was here a little while ago to share an interview I had with Kevin Haslam. Feel free to listen to the interview! Leave your thoughts as always!
Coach Schiano spoke to the media again after today's practice. The above video is from the official Rutgers football channel on Youtube. His voice sounds really worn out for only two days in. If you're still looking for more football content, give Keith Sargeant's latest interview with Jersey Sports Radio a listen.
Greg Schiano discussed several issues following yesterday's practice (see video, courtesy of the official Rutgers football channel on YouTube.) The first topic addressed was that Desmond Stapleton and Andre Civil flipped tackle spots. Schiano emphasizing that the move was experimental, but has a chance to stick. Civil is very athletic, but doesn't have much experience on offense or in general. Stapleton was the OL's lone bright spot last year. It won't be easy evaluating the line's progress with so much turnover on defense, even though that side of the ball is typically ahead of the offense at this time of the year. GS also praised De'Antwan Williams as an offseason star. Mohamed Sanu also saw time with punting duties. Sanu could be a terrifying weapon on special teams. How will the opposition cover punts if they have to continually account for fakes? Practice pictures are available online at ScarletKnights.com.
Rutgers gets screwed by Big East referees for the umpteenth time this year. Like you could expect anything else from Tim Higgins and Jim Burr, who are now facing criticism from the NCAA.. If there's anything good that can come from this travesty, it should be to highlight that Big East referees have for the most part hosed Rutgers on calls all year. This isn't the first stolen game, although the other ones were the result of more subtle bias as opposed out and out theft. This is the worst Rutgers sports call since Tennessee stole a game from our women's team a couple years back.
Eric LeGrand - "I'm just going to keep on chopping and doing my rehab." This video was from a Saturday night comedy benefit show for LeGrand's Believe Fund. Two Rutgers alumni were front and center in host Randall Pinkett and headliner Bill Bellamy. Thanks for Brodo from the message boards for posting the video and Jerry Sanchez for the link. Update: 2nd video added, and the main SBN site has a first hand account from @metschick on twitter.
Mike Teel has signed with the Chicago Bears, joining former college teammate Kevin Malast in the Windy City. The above video actually was posted to YouTube on Sunday, and has some Rutgers mentions in it. The Bears are very thin behind Jay Cutler at QB. Teel joins Caleb Hanie and sixth rounder Dan LeFevour as competitors for one or two backup jobs. That's about as good a situation as Mike will get to make a roster. In fact, it wouldn't be a big surprise if the Bears tried to add a veteran backup before the end of training camp. Not to suggest that Cutler's starting job is in any danger at all, but Chicago OC Mike Martz has a history of developing backup quarterbacks into starters. Hopefully, he'll take a liking to Teel. It's also worth noting that Seattle's former GM Tim Ruskell, who drafted Teel a year ago, now works in Chicago's front office.