Tuesday Practice Notes: Road to Seattle

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers is on the way to Seattle. Kickoff is two days away, and the Scarlet Knights completed their final on-campus walkthrough and are set to travel out west. Coach Kyle Flood met the media for the final time before the start of the season.

The 2014 season is almost upon us, and Rutgers coach Kyle Flood offered his final thoughts on Washington State before departing for Seattle.

The Headline -- Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday has plenty of big-game experience, and the advantage of learning under coach Mike Leach for multiple seasons. After a week of film, Flood offered his final thought on the returning senior starter for the Cougars.

“I think he got better and better as the year went on,” Flood said. “He’s got the advantage now of being in the same system for three years, and he looked like it at the end of last year. He can make all of their throws. He’s a good decision-maker and he appears to know what coach Leach wants.”

Rutgers clashed with multiple NFL draft quarterback prospects last year, including Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater. Halliday will have plenty of scouts out to see him for the same reasons.

Halliday led the nation in interceptions thrown (22) last year. Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova finished sixth.

Worth Noting -- Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said there will be a lot of freshmen traveling to the game, but quarterback Giovanni Rescigno will not be one of them. Newcomer Hayden Rettig will also not travel because he is ineligible after transferring from LSU.

Quote of the Day -- “You get toward the end of training camp and they’re sick and tired of hitting each other. They’re looking for somebody else. The colors will be similar but we’ll be anxious to see another team out there Thursday.” – Flood.

On the Other Side -- Washington State coach Mike Leach continues to speak highly of Rutgers, and offered his thoughts on quarterback Gary Nova.

“He’s started at some point every year,” Leach said. “I think he’s a pretty established guy. I think the team’s real familiar with him, and he’s kind of the leader of their offense.”

Leach does not run the ball often as it is, and is impressed with what Rutgers did against the run last year.

“They’re one of the best in the country against the run,” he said. “Again, I just think toughness. They go out there. They’re tough. They’ve got low pads – sort of old school guys.”

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

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

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