Thursday Practice Report: Latest at RB

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers coach Kyle Flood met the media for the final time before Tulane’s kickoff to discuss turnovers, multiple freshman roles, injuries and the Coach to Cure campaign.

With the injury report set to drop Thursday evening, coach Kyle Flood offered updates including improvement with middle linebacker Kevin Snyder. Flood broke down the injuries and latest with the running backs. He expects Desmon Peoples and Justin Goodwin to carry the bulk of the load, but freshmen Robert Martin and Josh Hicks could both play.

The Headline -- Coach to Cure returns to Rutgers Saturday, which raises awareness and funding to combat muscular dystrophy. It is a special day for Flood, whose son’s best friend suffers from the disease.

Coaches will wear “coach to cure” patches during the game and hosted one of its two special coin toss guests at today’s practice in Matthew DeRiggi. Fans can text “cure” to 90999 to donate $5 to the cause.

“Matty has been a part of our program for a long time and there is a young man named Danny Garafolo who my son grew up with,” Flood said. “We’re going to have them both out there as honorary captains on Saturday.”

Worth Noting -- Flood named Andre Patton as one of the best on the team in getting off the ball in block scenarios. Look for his return to the field to include a key role on punt and field goal block.

Quote of the Day -- “Ball security is critical every week, and it’s something we stress on a daily basis – both in particular drills and in every drill we coach. Securing the football on offense, disrupting the football on defense, those things are critical in every game.” – Flood on Tulane leading the nation in turnovers.

On the Other Side -- Tulane coach Curtis Johnson had plenty to say about Rutgers and the upcoming game during his game week luncheon.

Check out the full breakdown over here.

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

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