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Tom Savage says he's ready to go

Rutgers quarterback Tom Savage underwent tests Monday on his injured ribs. Before he even got the results back, however, Savage declared that he was ready to play this Saturday against Tulane.

Savage didn't practice Sunday, but he played through the pain in the second half of Saturday's loss to North Carolina. If he weren't able to play this week, the Scarlet Knights would have to turn to true freshman Chas Dodd or go all-Wildcat with Mohamed Sanu.

Unless Savage starts playing more effectively, those options might not be much worse. The sophomore is completing just 52.4 percent of his passes and has thrown three interceptions with just one touchdown.

"Coming into the season I thought my accuracy was great," Savage told reporters. "The thing I'm worrying about is the result. I just have to go out there and do it.

"Once you get into a slump you just have to go back to the basics. I've been throwing the football since I was 6 years old. It's easy for me so now you just have to go out there and do it. And I'm just making it just a little harder than it has to be."