Rutgers Football: Head Coach Greg Schiano Previews the 2011 Season

Jayson LoveCorrespondent IAugust 29, 2011

PISCATAWAY, NJ - OCTOBER 16: Head Coach Greg Schiano of the Rutgers University Scarlett Knights watches his team play against the University of Pittsburgh Panthers on October 16, 2009 at Rutgers Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PISCATAWAY, NJ - OCTOBER 16: Head Coach Greg Schiano of the Rutgers University Scarlett Knights watches his team play against the University of Pittsburgh Panthers on October 16, 2009 at Rutgers Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

At Big East media day, I briefly caught up with Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano and got some of his thoughts about the upcoming season:

On the High Expectations of the Fans

"I love it [the high expectations]. It's exciting. If I couldn't handle it, I wouldn't be here"

On Being Picked Last in the Big East

"Doesn't mean anything. We lost our last six games for various reasons, but we feel like we have a better team than that...the [offensive] line will be better, we have guys with some experience now, playing the right positions."

On Working With the New Coaches Haffley and Cignetti

"And Angelichio—it's going great. Frank [Cignetti] is as passionate about the offense as I am about the defense. You get that kind of energy, and there are going to be some great things." 

On Concerns Heading Into the Season

"The punting situation. We have a kid Anthony DePaola who is working on being consistent. The punt is the most important play in football. It's a controlled turnover."

Rutgers opens its 142nd season of football on Thursday night with North Carolina Central at High Point Solutions Stadium (formerly named Rutgers Stadium) at 7:30pm EST. 

If this is to be an improved Scarlet Knights team as Schiano described, the offensive line must gel as a unit. 

There were a lot of players playing out of position last year, and now the line, at the very least, is experienced.

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