Wednesday Practice Report: Kickoff Nears

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The big day has almost arrived for Rutgers and its first conference game as members of the Big Ten. After the final full practice before kickoff, Rutgers coach Kyle Flood spoke about the latest on the personnel front and preparing for Penn State.

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood brought a lighter tone to his post-practice comments today with the Penn State game approaching. Flood broke down the final full practice and more before the Nittany Lions come to Piscataway for kickoff.

The Headline -- Injured running back Justin Goodwin (upper body) and cornerback Dre Boggs (lower body) are “trending” toward playing Saturday night against Penn State, Flood said.

Rutgers did not have either player available against Howard, and moved Goodwin back to running back this week after a month-long stint at cornerback. If healthy, Goodwin projects to work behind starter Paul James alongside backups Desmon Peoples and Josh Hicks.

“It’s great having Justin Goodwin back on offense,” said right guard Chris Muller. “They’re just a dynamic trio. They make us look good on offense. We just need to give them a little bit of light, and they can make it through.”

Worth Noting -- After the Wildcat look Penn State showed last week, Rutgers emphasized preparation for it in practice this week.

“We have a package for it like we do anything else,” Flood said. “It’s not unique or new anymore. I think every defense around the country has a package. Now, they’ve got some talented guys back there holding the football. That’s the harder thing to defend.”

Quote of the Day -- “You can’t see in the smoke.” – Flood on what he learned from leading the team out of the tunnel for the first time.

On the Other Side -- Penn State shifted its focus to Rutgers after a sound defeat over Akron and the celebration of sanctions being lifted from the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Players and coach James Franklin discussed the game and its significance with’s Penn State affiliate

You can read about it over here.

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

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