Tuesday Practice Report: Home Opener Incoming

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers University begins classes today, adding an extra wrinkle into the Scarlet Knights’ preparations for the home opener against Howard. Rutgers coach Kyle Flood talked about the latest in preparations after today’s practice.

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood has no plans of playing the second- and third-team going into Howard, and will focus on winning the game with his starters. Flood spoke about the latest preparations for the game after Tuesday’s practice.

The Headline -- Look for more than just Dre Boggs and Alan Lucy to play this season when it comes to true freshmen. Head coach Kyle Flood anticipates using more than that, and it could start against Howard.

“I do expect more freshmen to play as the season goes on,” he said. “I would be shocked if those were the only two to play.”

Holding people back against Washington State happened for many reasons, including the tough road environment and injuries. Flood previously stated that he thought running backs Josh Hicks and Robert Martin would play this season.

“The line of demarcation for me is really the sixth game,” he said. “That’s when you have to make the decision based on who has played, who hasn’t played. Has there been an injury to a player who played in four of the first sixth? … If a freshman hasn’t played by game six, in my mind, it would have to be an extraordinary circumstance.”

That is not a set-in-stone rule, however, because Flood played receiver John Tsimis for the first time in game seven against Houston last season.

Worth Noting -- Classes begin at Rutgers today, which changes the schedule for the football team. The players are no longer secluded in the dorms, and often head right from practice to their classes. By practicing and meeting in the morning, players are able to take a heavy afternoon and evening class schedule.

Quote of the Day -- “[Being close to home] is pretty much the best part, one of the reasons I came to Rutgers. My fans from back home, my teammates, whomever wants tickets, I give them some and they can come watch me play.”

On the Other Side -- Howard does not have any New Jersey players on the roster, but many from the Rutgers recruiting area. That includes players from Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga and Miami (Fla.) Central.

Check out the Howard roster over here here.

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

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