Greg Schiano discusses suspension of two players for Saturday’s game

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Rutgers was without two important pieces for Saturday’s loss to Wisconsin with defensive lineman Mike Tverdov and wide receiver Brandon Sanders both suspended for the game.

Head coach Greg Schiano did not dive into details about the suspensions following the game except to say “Is it disappointing? Yes.” These aren’t isolated incidents for Rutgers, however.

There have been some discipline issues resulting in player suspensions in recent weeks, with Schiano saying that a return to normal following the restrictions of 2020’s COVID-19 season has seen an uptick in these moments within his program.

“So, I thought we did a really good job of making the most of that time,” Schiano told reporters on Saturday about last year’s quarantined team.

“Now we’re back into regular life and they’re young people and sometimes we have issues. And the one thing I won’t do is I won’t sacrifice the integrity and culture of our program. We’re going to build it the right way. And I won’t allow that.

“So, as I tell them, I’m not going to get worn out doing things the way we do them. That’s the way we do them. So, it’s all part of building a program.”

Tverdov has had 10 tackles on the year and Sanders, a transfer from Bucknell has 14 catches for 161 yards and a touchdown. Their absence was felt.

Schiano, when he opened the press conference following the 52-3 loss, said that the team’s lack of depth hurt against a blueblood like Wisconsin.

“They gave effort. I’m not concerned about that,” Schiano said.

“As you get worn down, the effort’s not the same. That’s as big an offensive line and running back as there is in the league. And, you know, you’re getting hit over and over. And, you know, we got some guys bummed. So, then we got down to some younger guys that haven’t played a lot, weren’t accustomed to it. It’s a whole different speed.”