Sunday Practice Report

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – It is Tuesday of game week for Rutgers with the season-opener fast approaching in Seattle. Rutgers returned to campus after some time away on the weekend, and got back to work. Head coach Kyle Flood offered some key depth updates after practice, including four players ruled out for kickoff.

Head coach Kyle Flood announced his starters Friday night, and went in-depth on some of those decisions after Sunday’s practice. As the opener between Washington State and Rutgers nears, here is today’s practice report.

The Headline -- The injury report is coming, but coach Kyle Flood gave a preview by announcing four absences for Washington State. Rutgers will be without starting receiver Andre Patton, second-team tight end Nick Arcidiacono and second-team offensive lineman Bryan Leoni because of undisclosed injuries.

In their place, look for John Tsimis or Janarion Grant to get the spot across Leonte Carroo to begin the game. Walk-ons Matt Flaangan and Charles Scarff are the second- and third-team tight ends respectively, and the first linemen off the bench will likely be sophomore J.J. Denman and freshman Dorian Miller.

Redshirt freshman linebacker Myles Nash is suspended for the opener because of an unspecified violation. True freshman Brandon Russell replaces him as the backup to Quentin Gause.

Worth Noting -- When asked about Patton’s absence, Flood cited Carlton Agudosi, Andrew Turzilli, Tsimis and Vance Matthews. Matthews, a third-year walk on, now finds himself in a position where he could play because of injuries to Patton and Ruhann Peele.

“I’ve got a lot of confidence in them,” Flood said.

Quote of the Day -- “I’m hoping they will try to kick at me. Now that we’re in the Big Ten, some of them might think we’re weak. They might want to kick my way anyway and I’ll have to show them.” – Sophomore receiver Janarion Grant.

On the Other Side --, the affiliate for Washington State, did its preseason predictions this morning and has the Scarlet Knights losing by two touchdowns in Seattle. Cougfan predicts an 8-4 season for Mike Leach. Read more about it over here.

Now sit back and take in Flood’s press conference.

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