October 10, 2007

Practice Notebook: Beljour makes a statement

The Scarlet Knights took practice indoors yesterday to prepare for their visit to the unfriendly confines of the Carrier Dome. The team practiced amidst simulated crowd noise and took one more step towards getting back in the win column. Here's how things shaped up inside the bubble.

On the road for Homecoming

This Saturday's match-up against Syracuse will be Rutgers' first road game of the season. Despite playing the first five games at home, head coach Greg Schiano would still much rather do battle in Piscataway.

"We have one of the best home atmospheres in the country," said Schiano. "It's Syracuse's homecoming too. That should mean some extra people in the dome. It should be pretty loud. If you only put 30,000 in there it's a tough place to play. You don't need a full Carrier Dome."

Teel looks like a go

Quarterback Mike Teel didn't show any signs of the thumb injury he sustained during the first quarter of the Cincinnati game. Schiano touched on the status of the nation's fifth rated passer.

"He might not have thrown quite as many as he usually does. He threw probably half of the passes today and he usually throws 65 to 70 percent of them."

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