Friday Notebook: Larger Goals on Offense

Rutgers and coach Kyle Flood are back home after a late-night victory Thursday over Washington State. The 41 points could just be the starting point for the Rutgers offense if things get cleaned up. Flood talked about the room for improvement, Gary Nova's progress and more during a Friday afternoon call with reporters.

In the eyes of Rutgers coach Kyle Flood, the 41-point showing offensively against Washington State could just be a taste. Flood watched the film back during a red-eye flight home, and saw plenty of places where the offense can improve.

The next series of offensive meetings will be about tightening up mistakes, and taking it to the next level. Quarterback Gary Nova was “excellent” in the way he operated, Flood said.

“I think he can throw the ball better,” he said. “That, to me, is the thing I took away from it after I watched the film on offense. This applies to Gary, and really applies to everybody on offense.

“I think we can play a lot better. I think there’s going to be a lot of things … we’re going to say ‘wow. We were effective and we scored 41 points and we ran the ball well. We had some decent yards passing, but we really had a lot more opportunities than that.’ That’s exciting to me.”

Nova finished with two touchdown passes in what Flood saw as a more mature quarterback.

“I think this year’s version of Gary is different than the past,” Flood said. “I think the things he’s gone through in the last two years have strengthened him. I think he’s worked exceptionally hard to become a better player and a better leader and a better quarterback and to have a better relationship with everybody in the organization.”

Quick Notes

Sophomore J.J. Denman played 15 snaps at right tackle behind Taj Alexander. Look for the Pennsbury (Pa.) lineman to continue to add more playing time this season.

“I think J.J. is a guy that we have to continue to get experience with,” Flood said. “… He’s earned that opportunity from practice, and it’s going to give us an opportunity … to really play winning football with another guy.”

Freshman Dre Boggs did not play at cornerback because he is not yet 100 percent healthy after a lower body injury in camp.

“He’s just not quite 100 percent just yet,” Flood said. “I think, going forward, you’re going to see Dre play more and more as the year goes on.”

Washington State held impact tight end Tyler Kroft in check and without a reception Thursday night. That allowed for Rutgers to find other open options like sophomores John Tsimis and Janarion Grant.

“In the passing game, it’s different,” Flood said. “The coverages that the teams use really dictate where the ball goes if you’re doing it right. … I think it was really just dictated by the types of coverages that they were using. I said this on my radio show last week, that doesn’t surprise me.”

Scarlet Report Top Stories