Thursday Practice Report: Finishing Touches

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The final practice of the week concluded Thursday morning with Navy in the Rutgers crosshairs. Coach Kyle Flood addressed the latest in bouncing back from Penn State, injuries and special teams in his final meeting with the press before kickoff in Annapolis.

The road to Navy begins after tomorrow’s walkthrough and Rutgers coach Kyle Flood believes that his team is passed the loss to Penn State.

The Headline -- Plenty has been made of Kemoko Turay and his rise to impact player. was on-site two years ago when coach Kyle Flood made the initial camp evaluation and offer. Out of Newark (N.J.) Barringer, Turay had no football experience, but it didn’t matter.

“I went out there and I watched him run around,” Flood said. “I just thought he was a really explosive guy. I want to say he broad jumped over 10 [feet]. … He was just a twitched-up, explosive athlete. He was kind of gangly and lean. He’s still lean. He’s filling out a little bit now but it didn’t surprise me. It didn’t take long to figure out he’s got a special skill set.”

Worth Noting -- When asked about Gary Nova and bouncing back from last week, Flood brought backup Chris Laviano into the conversation without being asked.

“I think we’ve had a good week of practice,” Flood said. “I think Gary, I think Chris, I think everybody on the team we’ve had as a team a good week of practice. I think Gary is very businesslike.”

Quote of the Day -- “I felt like by the end of Sunday we were over it. I really did. I think they’ve been very focused this week. We’ve had a good week of preparation. It’s the right kind of opponent to play when you’re coming off a game like we did – for sure.” – Flood on bouncing back from Penn State.

On the Other Side -- Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo was highly complementary of Rutgers when it comes to defending the triple option during his most recent session with the media.

“No doubt about it,” he said when asked if Rutgers plays Navy as well defensively as anyone. “They do a great job. It started with coach [Greg] Schiano. A lot of guys that were on coach Schiano’s staff are on coach Flood’s. They do a great job. They’ve got a great plan. They always do a good job against us.”

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

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