Tuesday Practice Report: Option Challenge

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Business picked up on the practice fields Tuesday morning with the first full-contact practice in preparation for the triple option. Rutgers addressed the challenge of facing the Midshipmen the week after losing to Penn State.

Rutgers completed its Tuesday practice with a high energy level while focused on bouncing back after the loss to Penn State.

The Headline -- As Kyle Flood prepares for the unique Navy offense, he will do everything he can to catch up the defense on stopping the triple option.

Flood has the luxury of special teams coordinator Bob Fraser, who has a long history of scheming against the service academies from his time with Greg Schiano.

“It is very hard,” Flood said on Navy preparation. “It takes a lot of planning and it takes a lot of attention to detail by the guys who are on that scout team. Through the first day in pads, I was really pleased with how they looked. I thought they did a good job.”

Walk-on Brian Verbitski, who made it to Rutgers after Colgate pulled an offer, is the scout-team quarterback this week. He played quarterback during his time at Burlington (N.J.) Township, and discussed his return after Tuesday’s practice.

“I think it’s a great challenge to try to mock Navy,” Verbitski said. “They’re the best at what they do. I think it’s an even greater opportunity for me to show what I can do with the ball in my hands.”

Worth Noting -- Freshman defensive tackle Kevin Wilkins worked with the second team during practice, and is a candidate to see the field against Navy, Flood said.

Quote of the Day -- “I have a lot of friends here, I would say. They’re cool to make fun of me. I make fun of them. I feel like I fit in. I don’t feel like there’s a walk-on stigma at all. It’s a lot of fun here. I wouldn’t be here doing it if it wasn’t a good time. I’m happy to be here.” – Verbitski.

On the Other Side -- Navy puts a home winning streak that dates back two years on the line against Rutgers Saturday. The last time the Scarlet Knights traveled to Navy, it ended in a loss during a 1-5 start to the 2008 season.

You can read more on Navy over here.

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

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