Greg Schiano calls Ohio State ‘the measuring stick’ in the B1G
Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano praised Ohio State following his team’s Saturday night loss to the Buckeyes. In his accolades for Ohio State, Schiano also said that he believes that Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields will win the Heisman.
Schiano spent the previous three seasons with Ohio State as their defensive coordinator before returning to Rutgers this offseason. Hired in 2001, Schiano was at Rutgers for 11 seasons where he turned the program around before he left to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL.
Rutgers, now 1-2 on the year, played Ohio State closer and better than anticipated in their 49-27 loss this weekend. But Schiano rightly said that his program has a long ways to go to compare and compete with the likes of Ohio State.
“We played the measuring stick in our league, in the Big Ten conference, and we didn’t quite measure up,” Schiano said in his postgame media availability. “But I thought we did some good things. Unfortunately in the first half, we made some mistakes that are hard to overcome when you play a team like that. But I thought our kids continued to chop the whole game. I thought our coaches, they didn’t perform or coach very well in the first half. In the second half, they continued to chop and kept playing and some things went our way.”
With the win, Ohio State improved to 3-0 and remain No. 3 in the nation.
Having spent the last three years with Ohio State, Schiano has an intricate knowledge of the program having worked under both Urban Meyer and then Ryan Day. He was asked about the play of Fields, who has been tremendous in his three games to start the season.
Fields was 24-of-28 for 314 yards with five touchdowns in beating Rutgers. He has yet to throw an interception this year and has just 11 incompletions. With Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence having missed his last two games due to a COVID-19 positive test, it is Fields who is emerging as a true Heisman contender.
“I think he will probably win the Heisman. He’s that good,” Schiano said. “When he starts to run around, he’s so dangerous. But let’s remember who’s catching the ball. Those are two elite receivers. Elite, elite.”