Tuesday Practice Report: New Faces

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The defensive secondary remains a work in progress heading into kickoff because of injury concerns with multiple players. Head coach Kyle Flood addressed the latest in the secondary and at middle linebacker following Tuesday's practice.

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood addressed the latest on the injury front and personnel updates leading into kickoff against Tulane.

The Headline -- It was a new-look secondary that hit the field Tuesday for practice. Nadir Barnwell, Gareef Glashen, Dre Boggs and Delon Stephenson all find themselves on the injury report in different capacities.

Flood pointed to true freshman cornerback Kam Lott as the next guy likely in at cornerback. At safety, replacing Stephenson is a challenge because he plays safety in base package and moves into a nickel role in sub-packages. Look for safety Johnathan Aiken to return to the starting rotation if Stephenson is unable to go, and look for multiple guys to find opportunities in subpackages.

Also on the personnel front, L.J. Liston would start at middle linebacker if Kevin Snyder is unable to go, Flood said. Snyder returned to practice in a limited capacity Tuesday.

Worth Noting -- Redshirt freshman Dorian Miller moved from left to right guard today with Chris Muller questionable heading into Tulane. Miller would start for Muller if the latter does not get healthy in time.

Quote of the Day -- “Savon [Huggins] has done an awesome job. He’s so smart. He knows everything. He knows the ins and outs of the offense. He knows blitzes. He can read defenses. He actually sits right next to Josh [Hicks] and he helps out Josh a lot.” – senior fullback Michael Burton.

On the Other Side -- Tulane coach Curtis Johnson said Rutgers should have won two weeks ago against Penn State, and that the Scarlet Knights present a major challenge to the Green Wave.

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


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