It was a busy afternoon for Rutgers on Saturday after a lengthy scrimmage.
The team got another chance to tune itself up before the Scarlet-White Game next Saturday. Following the action, head coach Greg Schiano spoke to the media and was asked questions about both sides of the ball.
“I was very pleased that our guys kept their focused,” Schiano said. “We’re playing three different teams out there, really three and a half. So you play some and you watch a lot. The thing I was pleased with was the level of focus and concentration from everyone on the field.”
Once again, the quarterback situation was the highlight. And once again, Schiano did not offer much of an answer.
“I thought they both did a good job,” Schiano said. “There was a couple things they missed but I was pleased. Today wasn’t an easy day.”
Both Gavin Wimsatt and Evan Simon got a chance to run the offense during the scrimmage Saturday and the same will occur next weekend. Both players got a chance to showcase themselves a bit in game action last season. Put all of that together and the coaching staff still needs one more spring session to make a decision.
“I think what we’ll do is sit down at the end of spring, Kirk and I and the offensive staff, the numbers are the numbers then you go with what you feel,” Schiano said. “Then again, is there a timeline where we have to say this? No, not really. I would like to have somebody named sooner than later but we’ll figure that out.”
The good news is that it seems like there will be a decision made before the first game of the season in September. The unsettling news — we do not know exactly when that will be. Fans are hoping that Schiano makes a decision following the Scarlet-White Game.
As for the action next Saturday, Schiano wants to keep a certain level of competition. He will do so by splitting the team up and playing a game as usual.
“I don’t know yet because I have to see how we do Tuesday and Thursday,” Schiano said. “We’re right on the cusp injury wise where it could have an effect on how you run it. I like to run it as a game. Two separate teams. We split the whole squad, coaches, trainers. Everyone in the Hale Center goes on a team. You're all rooting for somebody.”