It’s the first time the redshirt freshman is playing a Thursday night game after playing a Saturday game the weekend before. Which means Longa has been in a cram session since landing in Piscataway on Saturday night.
“After the game Saturday we got back Saturday night, Sunday we just got back at it,” Longa told SNY.tv. “I didn’t really watch the film [from SMU]. I watched a little bit of the film of the game that we played Saturday, but I didn’t have the chance to go through it play-by-play. I just had to go back and start watching Louisville.”
And Longa has surpsied even himself for how easily he handled the short week.
“I thought I was going to be struggling, but I’m not. It’s fine with me.” Longa said. “It’s not just us that’s having a short week. They’re having a short week too, so it balances out everything.”
Which included recuperating his body along with his film study. Not to mention making sure he’s ready for Teddy Bridgewater.
However, Longa isn’t worried about the chess match he’ll have to play with Bridgewater as Rutgers’ middle linebacker despite the fact that he’s four games into his career and Bridgewater is a seasoned veteran.
“No, not at all,” Longa said. “He’s a human being. He bleeds the same way I bleed, so why should I be scared?”
Because Bridgewater is one of the best quarterbacks in college football and likely a first round pick in the NFL Draft.
However, while he’s not intimidated by the task at hand, Longa is well aware of what he’s up against.
“Just greatness. He’s an awesome quarterback,” Longa said. “Knows where the holes are at and he’s definitely taken control of his offense and everybody is on the same page, so we’ve got to be sharp and ready to play.”
And Longa has had quite a season in his own right. Not only is he quarterbacking Rutgers’ defense, but he leads the team in tackles with 25 and is second in sacks with three.
Still, Longa knows he has to make sure he stays within himself despite matching up with the likes of a Bridgewater.
“I just got do what I’m supposed to do and not be a hero out there,” Longa said. “Take on my assignment and trust my players around me.”