Monday Practice Report: Depth Discussions

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Today’s practice report includes comments from coach Kyle Flood about the depth of the program approaching kickoff against Washington State. Rutgers now has just a Tuesday walkthrough before leaving New Jersey to start its season.

Rutgers completed its final full practice of the preseason, and flies to Seattle tomorrow after a brief walkthrough. Coach Kyle Flood and players addressed final full practice after its completion.

The Headline -- Rutgers has eight true freshmen on the two-deep and a strong chunk of walk-ons set for playing roles in the school opener. As freshmen, cornerback Dre Boggs, long snapper Alan Lucy and running backs Josh Hicks and Robert Martin can all expect significant work on Thursday.

“Depth, I think you have to look position by position,” Flood said. “On offensive line, we knew we needed to build depth coming into training camp. You see some younger guys in the depth there. … There is no doubt that it’s partially a product of what we’re able to do in the summer time. It’s very hard for a young player to get ready.”

Walk-on tight ends Matt Flanagan and Charles Scarff are set to back up starter Tyler Kroft. Other walk-ons set for action include Kevin Marquez at fullback and Vance Matthews at receiver.

“The walk-on has become very important in your program, and our history of them is pretty good,” Flood said.

Worth Noting -- Fifth-year senior Bryan Leoni will “be back, hopefully soon enough” according to Flood. Leoni’s absence is tough because he has the ability to play all five positions on the offensive line. He was in a battle with Taj Alexander for the right tackle spot before his camp injury.

Quote of the Day -- “We want to prove people wrong. I’ve done that since I was a young kid. I’ve always had to prove somebody wrong. Now we’re here as a team, as a university, you just go to keep proving people wrong until we get to that championship and put those rings on our fingers.” – Linebacker Quentin Gause.

On the Other Side -- Washington State coach Mike Leach held a press conference yesterday that was heavy in discussing the Scarlet Knights. In watching Rutgers on film, Leach described the Scarlet Knights as “kind of a blue-collar team, a tough team. They play hard – a good pad level team – tough and gritty.”

Check it out for yourself over here on Cougfan.com.


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


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