October 23, 2007

Rodriguez holds court on Scarlet Knights

MORGANTOWN-It used to be that a trip to Piscataway to play Rutgers meant a lot of people dressed as bleachers-that is to say, not exactly a sold-out game. That's changed now under Greg Schiano, said Rich Rodriguez at his Tuesday press conference.

"We'll emphasize that in our scouting report today at 3:00," he said. "That stadium is different than past trips." The tight quarters and the fact that both teams come out of the same tunnel also present an aura of claustrophobia.

"We expect a similar atmosphere to what we experienced at South Florida a few weeks back," said Rodriguez. "Our guys know that. We have a lot of respect for their program."

The Scarlet Knights, fresh off of a home upset of then-#2 South Florida, are led by junior running back Ray Rice and junior quarterback Mike Teel. Defensively, WVU will focus their attention "on what they want to establish" Rod said. "Normally, they want to establish Ray Rice. If they're able to run the ball in five, seven yard segments, it'll be a tough afternoon for us."

Rice is "not tall, but strong" and has "great leverage", Rod said. "One of his best attributes is his balance."

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