PISCATAWAY, NJ – With 12 days left until its season opener vs. Buffalo (8/30), the Rutgers football team participated in one of its final double-session practices today. The team worked out at 8:20 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. today, just one day after having its lone Sunday practice cancelled due to threats of lightning.
After a day off, Coach Schiano was happy with the team's continuing progress, specifically the linebackers.
"The linebackers are a talented, deep group," said Schiano. "They are bumped up a little bit right now, but they are only going to get better and better each week. They need to keep learning, because every day is a learning experience for them. Brad Cunningham is doing a nice job and Terry Bynes is getting better. When we get Brian Bender back, that will give us a shot in the arm."
"I was very happy with our intensity today," said Schiano following the morning session, which took place in full pads. "I thought we had one of our best practices of camp so far."
In the afternoon session, Rutgers worked out in just shoulder pads and helmets, focusing on game simulations.
"I think we did a good job of staying on our feet today and playing football," said Schiano. "We can't scrimmage every day or we'd run out of players."
Today's afternoon session ended with a nice TD pass from Ted Trump to Corey Barnes.
The roster suffered another blow on Monday, when freshman Orlando Kane left
camp after failing to clear the NCAA Clearinghouse regarding his eligibility
this fall. Schiano said he expects Kane to enroll in school for the fall semester.