Monday Practice Report: Can They Bounce Back?

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Still hurting after the 13-10 loss to Penn State, Rutgers and coach Kyle Flood must pick themselves up and turn the page to Navy. The Scarlet Knights got back to practice Sunday evening and face the unique triple option attack of the Midshipmen in Annapolis, Md.

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood’s weekly press conference included an emphasis on getting emotionally ready for Navy and the triple option.

The Headline -- Rutgers has the tough task of bouncing back from an emotional loss and has to do it as underdogs at Navy Saturday.

The Scarlet Knights put their hearts into the 13-10 loss to Penn State, and now face the challenge of getting up for another tough challenge. Flood expressed confidence in the locker room’s ability to do so.

“I thought it was very focused, very workman like,” Flood said. “I think having a game against a team like Navy will make you do that. Once you put the film on, your focus better immediately go to them.”

Worth Noting -- Sophomore Justin Goodwin is 100 percent healthy, Flood said, and will remain at running back for the Navy game week. As freshman cornerback Dre Boggs works his way into the mix, Goodwin’s cornerback time could be over.

Quote of the Day -- “We have to get the running game going to help out the passing game. I yhink both aspects go together. I feel like if we can’t get the running game going, it affects the whole offense.” – Running back Paul James.

On the Other Side -- Navy rolled 35-21 against Texas State and did so without their starting quarterback – Keenan Reynolds. Sophomore Tago Smith stepped in for the game, but Reynolds will be back for Saturday.

You can watch Navy’s post-game thoughts over here.

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

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