Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano looks for his Scarlet Knights to get their 11th win in 12 games on Saturday
Freshman Tom Savage Set to Return from Concussion
Piscataway, N.J. (Friday, October 9, 2009) – Homecoming activities are fully underway on the campus of Rutgers University, and the Scarlet Knights (3-1) football team is currently finishing up their preparations for their 3:30 p.m. date with Texas Southern (1-3) tomorrow afternoon. The game also marks the return under center of freshman quarterback Tom Savage, who suffered a concussion against Florida International three weeks ago.
"I think he practiced well (this week),” Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano said of Savage. “He doesn’t get hit here, so I guess we’ll have to hold our breath until that happens.”
The Scarlet Knights come into Saturday afternoon looking for the 600th win in the storied history of their program. Their current record stands at 599-591-42, and Rutgers holds the distinct honor of winning the first game of college football ever played when they knocked off Princeton 6-4 on November 6, 1869. They would become just the 38th team in NCAA history to eclipse the 600-win mark.
"Rutgers people, Rutgers alumni; I think it is important that if this is the one game they get to, that they get a good feeling about what we're doing," Schiano commented about the Homecoming game.
After stumbling out to a 1-5 start in 2008, the Scarlet Knights have now won 10 of their 11 games and also picked up a PapaJohns.com Bowl victory along the way. They have also owned a +14 turnover ratio during that time.
As far as the match-up this weekend with Texas Southern, Rutgers is pleased to welcome back Savage, but it looks like senior defensive end George Johnson will be held out of action due to an ankle injury.
“I don’t know if George is even going to play right now,” Schiano remarked this week. “I don’t think he looked great today (at practice), so we’ll see.”
Johnson injured his ankle in the Scarlet Knights win over Maryland two weeks ago recovering a fumble for a touchdown, and it was thought that he may be able to take the field against Texas Southern earlier this week.
Fans that are unable to make it to the game but are Sirius Satellite listeners can tune into this game on Sirius Channel 130.