Depth chart changes at Rutgers
September, 14, 2009
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett
Rutgers may be without some depth on its offensive line for Saturday's game against Florida International. Caleb Ruch, who moved into a starting job last year, has an unspecified leg injury and is not on the two-deep this week.
Coach Greg Schiano said Ruch may be able to go later this week, but he's preparing otherwise. Howard Barbieri has started the past two games ahead of Ruch.
Schiano also has moved redshirt freshman D.C. Jefferson ahead of Shamar Graves at tight end. Jefferson was competing for the starting quarterback job until late in fall camp when he made the position change. David Rowe is also now listed ahead of Brandon Bing at corner.
“Some of those spots are that close that I have informed the guys, ‘Look, whoever plays the best during the week and whoever we feel gets us the best chance to win at the end of the week is going to start,’” Schiano said. “I kind of like it.”
Schiano also said there's a chance that running back Kordell Young, who led the team in rushing a year ago but has been out so far this season with continuing knee problems, could play Saturday.
"I am hoping that if things go right that he will have a role in this game on Saturday," Schiano said. "It helps us because he is a mature guy and a leader on this football team."