10 in 10: Big Ten Media Day

CHICAGO – Rutgers reports for training camp in 24 hours, and there is plenty of news heading into Piscataway after Big Ten media day. Prepping for camp No. 3 under coach Kyle Flood, the “10 in 10” feature gives fans 10 not-so-noticeable notes from a busy two days in the Windy City.

ScarletReport.com's post-game package goes much deeper than the stats and the nuts and bolts of the game. The "10 in 10" feature gives Rutgers fans 10 not-so-noticeable notes that each can be read in 10 seconds or less. The breezy format is perfect for office water-cooler talk the day after a game.

As part of ScarletReport.com's media day coverage, the "10 in 10" segment gives you 10 not-so-noticeable things that took place for Rutgers in Chicago.

It is designed for each of the 10 quick-hitters to be read in 10 seconds or less. Here are the 10 from the Hilton Chicago.


1. We the People -- Head coach Kyle Flood and the Rutgers players in attendance represented themselves accurately and in a professional manner. All four spoke passionately about Rutgers, and handled the tough questions as well as the easy ones.

When asked about job security after a 6-7 season, Flood said, “I don’t ever worry about it. It’s really something that ever helps me do my job. My focus is to come to work every day and do everything I can to make Rutgers football better that day, and then to put the players and the coaching staff in a position to do the same. That’s really the only place where my focus goes.”

2. Nose Deep -- Rutgers will pursue medical red shirts for both Kenneth Kirksey and Sebastian Joseph, Flood said. Kirksey and Joseph both played in 2013 before season-ending injuries before the start of conference play.

“If Kenny can stay healthy, he can be as good as any of the nose guards we’ve had here,” Flood said. “And there have been some really good ones, guys like Ramel Meekins, Scott Vallone, Isaac Holmes. …When Kenny is healthy, he’s as good as any of them. He’s healthy now. We’re excited about that.”

3. The Franklin Factor -- Flood fielded dozens of Penn State questions, specifically about James Franklin and his success recruiting New Jersey. Flood stuck to the high road.

“How do I want to say this? It's not my job to monitor his comments,” Flood said. “We're looking forward to getting them on the field. To me, all this stuff in the offseason is great, and it creates the interest in the fan base, but it's going to be about the games and the two football teams.”

4. Hogan’s Heroes -- When asked which freshman defensive lineman could surprise over the next two seasons, junior Darius Hamilton quickly voiced support for Jimmy Hogan.

Hogan is one of four incoming defensive linemen, alongside Kevin Wilkins, Sam Blue and Donald Bedell.

5. Fresh Two Deep -- Flood’s pre-camp depth chart was a change from the norm at Rutgers. Normally keeping true freshmen off the list, Flood placed six of them in the media guide. That included listing long snapper Alan Lucy as the starter before his first official college practice.

“They have a ton of playing time to earn,” Flood said. “There’s no doubt. We have spring practice and then we have to make projections. We have to put players in the best position possible to be successful. Every player on the team will earn every minute of playing time that they get. As we get it set up, I don’t think there’s any reason to keep it from anybody.”

6. Turzilla -- Wide receiver Andrew Turzilli will make early noise at his position as a graduate transfer to Rutgers. As a physical receiver that offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen scouted before the transfer, he may be the red zone option Rutgers lacked last season.

“We needed another experienced wide receiver on our team,” Flood said. “That was really the perfect situation where he was looking for somewhere to go. We had a need, and I think that’s where the one-year transfer rule really becomes a positive.”

7. QB 2 -- Flood wants to end the starting battle early, and Gary Nova has a huge lead. The battle for backup, however, will run significantly longer. It is a race between Mike Bimonte and Chris Laviano with neither taking a live snap since high school. Bimonte enters training camp with an edge out of spring practice. After falling out of the race, walk-on Devin Ray is headed to Monmouth.

8. Questions at Running Back -- Flood made it clear in Chicago that he wants to see Paul James become a more durable back. James has been unable to stay healthy since high school, and has huge expectations this year. Savon Huggins is doubtful to see the field this year for injury reasons, and Desmon Peoples, Josh Hicks, Justin Goodwin and Robert Martin will all push for playing time.

9. Young Impact -- Hicks, Lucy and cornerback Dre Boggs are all one the depth chart in special teams area. Rutgers saw what Janarion Grant did as a true freshman in that role, and will look to replicate it in the class of 2014 guys.

10. Roth Healing -- Punter Joe Roth will be limited to start training camp, which allows backups Aiden Murray, David Bonagura and Michael Cintron room to impress special teams coach Bob Fraser. Roth remains the projected starter.


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