PISCATAWAY, NJ - Members of the Rutgers University football team participated in the first full-squad double session today, with the team practicing at 8:20 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. at the Rutgers Stadium Complex practice fields. The team worked out in full pads during the morning and suited up in just helmets and shoulder pads for the afternoon session.
"It'll be interesting tomorrow," said head coach Greg Schiano, referring to the impending scrimmage. "Whenever you scrimmage it is interesting to see who shows up."
The Rutgers coaching staff will use Tuesday's scrimmage as its first opportunity to review the offensive, running backs and safeties in a game situation, although all positions will be under review. From the scrimmage, the staff will begin to assemble a pecking order at each position heading into the second phase of camp. The scrimmage will not use a running game clock, but will incorporate the standard 25-second play clock.
"We have great competition at the other spots," said Schiano. "At tight end, any one of our three guys could claim the spot and at receiver, we certainly have competition. At defensive back, I think Eddie (Grimes), Brandon (Haw) and Nate (Jones) are all playing at the same level and I am equally comfortable with each of those guys."
"Everybody wants to be the starter and be listed in the program as the starter."
Tuesday's scrimmage, the first of two this week, will commence at 10:15 a.m. in Rutgers Stadium. Tuesday's scrimmage, as well as all sessions through Saturday, August 16, are open to the public. Rutgers will be back to a double-session schedule on Wednesday (8:20 a.m./3:20 p.m.).