Schiano Says LeGrand's in 'Good Spirits'

Here are video and quotes from Greg Schiano’s press conference Tuesday, in which he said injured defensive tackle Eric LeGrand, who is paralyzed from the neck down after getting injured in Saturday’s win over Army, is in “good spirits.”

Opening Statement:

“Thanks for coming out. I am willing to answer any questions that I am allowed to. I will try and help you anyway I can.”

Any update on Eric LeGrand?

“I have seen him every day. He is in good spirits. There is nothing I can give you one way or another. We are really going to avoid getting into daily updates. When there is an appropriate update, Jason [Baum] and the media relations office will put that out. He is very aware of what is going on.” To read more of this story, click here

Rutgers Hopeful LeGrand Will Walk Again

Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano describes Eric LeGrand as the kind of kid who canmake you laugh with just smiling at you on the practice field.”

“He’s a special guy and a guy who really loves to play the game,” a somber Schiano said Sunday on a conference call. “I think a lot of people like it a lot. This kid loves it. From being in the locker room to practicing to games to the night before the game, he’s a great teammate.”

LeGrand, a 6-foot-2, 275-pound junior defensive tackle from Avenel, N.J., suffered a spinal cord injury while making a tackle on a kickoff with 5:10 left in regulation in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 23-20 overtime win against Army at the New Meadowlands Stadium.

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Schiano Says Playing in Meadowlands is Purely Financial

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano isn’t thrilled about taking his team away from the cozy confines of Rutgers Stadium on Saturday in order to play Army (4-2) at the New Meadowlands Stadium.

But since Rutgers (3-2) will make $2.7 million for the game, compared with $1.5 million for a normal home game, it was a necessary evil.

“It was purely financial. I know as the head coach of the football program at Rutgers, we’re part of the University, we’re part of an Athletic Department and I don’t think it would be responsible not to take advantage of the opportunity that’s presented to us,” Schiano said Tuesday. To read more of this story, click here

The Chas is On for Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. –  Chas Dodd threw for 81 touchdowns and more than 10,000 yards at Byrnes High School in Lyman, S.C., but when Rutgers coach Greg Schiano recruited him he didn’t imagine that Dodd would be starting anytime soon.

That’s because Schiano already had his “quarterback of the future” in 6-foot-5 Tom Savage.

“Obviously, when we recruited [Dodd] we didn’t think that there would be the need for it,” Schiano said Monday after Rutgers practice. “But then Tom got injured.”

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Tulane-Rutgers Could Feature Battle of Injured QBs

When Tulane visits Rutgers on Saturday, fans could be treated to a battle of injured quarterbacks….or a battle of backups.

Ryan Griffin, Tulane’s starter, suffered a sprained left shoulder in last week’s 42-23 loss to Houston, but is expected to start for the Rutgers’ Homecoming game (ESPN3, 2 p.m.)

“Griffin is going to start at quarterback,” Tulane coach Bob Toledo said in his weekly press conference. “Griffin will start.”

Rutgers starter Tom Savage endured bruised ribs in last Saturday’s 17-13 loss to North Carolina and was limited in practice Tuesday.

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Injured Savage Struggles in Rutgers' Loss

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – As Tom Savage stood encircled by more than 20 reporters in the Rutgers football locker room early Saturday night, it was clear that his bruised ribs weren’t the only thing bothering him.

His heart and pride took a beating after he threw a critical fourth-quarter interception in a 17-13 home loss to North Carolina before 52,038.

And he wasn’t too happy with his footwork, either.

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