Rutgers football head coach Greg Schiano and senior linebacker Deion Jennings addressed the media before the Scarlet Knights (1-0, 1-0) upcoming game against Temple at SHI Stadium on Busch campus this Saturday.
In Tuesday's press conference, Schiano described the Owls' (1-0, 0-0) quarterback, E.J. Warner, as a very good player. Warner passed for a total of 292 yards during Temple's opening game against Akron, completing 57.1 percent of his passes and scoring two touchdowns in the air for the Owls.
Schiano also focused briefly on Temple's Layton Jordan, who could pose a potential threat to Rutgers. The graduate student completed two tackles and one sack during the Owls' game last Saturday.
"Defensively, (Jordan) is a really good player," Schiano said. "He's a disruptive player … I think he's got like six or seven forced fumbles in his career."
Spotlighting other specific individuals, Schiano mentioned Jalen McMurray and how he adds great skill to the defensive line.
"(McMurray), he's a ballhawk," Schiano said. "We gotta be really careful around him."
Schiano believes that Temple's offense line is comparable to the Knights. A lot of younger players will be seen on the field from both teams.
"They got a young o-line, so we'll see what we can do," Schiano said. "They're learning much like our o-line, trying to figure out who's who — who plays where."
The Owls have demonstrated that they have grown as a team and will be ready to put on a fight against Rutgers this weekend.
"They're a much-improved football team, you can see, and they should've beat us last year," Schiano said. "We were fortunate to get out of the stadium with a victory, so we know what we're in for."
Jennings spoke to the media yesterday afternoon, emphasizing the overall impression that Warner holds as a quarterback and the power of Temple's offense.
"Warner, I see a very talented quarterback," Jennings said. "The running backs are very talented receivers. They have a lot of talented guys on that offense, and it's going to be a challenge."
Schiano anticipates that the game will generate a lot of excitement from fans as it is the season's first night game and blackout game.
The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. and be broadcasted on the Big Ten Network as well as 88.7 WRSU-FM.
"We can't take any opponent lightly," Jennings said. "They (Temple) are a Division I program like us. We just have to come out and focus on the task at hand."
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