Monday Practice Report: Battling Injury Bug

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Michigan week began with coach Kyle Flood’s Monday press conference from the Rutgers team meeting room. Flood addressed the latest with a defense riddled with injuries and getting ready for another Big Ten battle.

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood turned the page to Michigan in his weekly Monday press conference.

The Headline -- Rutgers has its top four cornerbacks battling injury, one safety questionable and another suspended for the first half against Michigan.

Practices on Tuesday and Wednesday go a long way in determining team health and availability for Michigan. No cornerbacks are out, but Anthony Cioffi, Nadir Barnwell, Dre Boggs and Gareef Glashen are all banged up.

“We're going to have tremendous confidence in them because they are going to earn that confidence during the week, and that's the only way you get on the field,” Flood said. “You have to earn our confidence to get on the field.”

Rutgers is without Johnathan Aiken (targeting suspension) for the first half, which forces walk-on Andre Hunt into a starting role unless Delon Stephenson gets healthy.

Worth Noting -- Rutgers could play primarily in nickel against Michigan based on injuries at linebacker. Flood said it depends on which players inspire confidence during the week. Rutgers is not much healthier in the secondary than it is at linebacker but there are more bodies available. Davon Jacobs has experience as a linebacker with T.J. Taylor working both as a safety and linebacker during time at Rutgers.

Quote of the Day -- “Sure, but you can’t fall down right? If you catch it and fall down, it’s hard to make the explosive play.” – Flood on breakaway speed of Andrew Turzilli.

On the Other Side -- The quarterback situation is a messy one at Michigan where starter Shane Morris left Saturday’s game with multiple apparent injuries. Backup Devin Gardner stepped in, and coach Brady Hoke avoided a definitive answer about the starter for this week.

“We’ll evaluate it like we did last week,” Hoke said in his post-game press conference. “We’ll evaluate. For me to sit up here when you don’t look at all the film yet and believe me, you can’t see everything from down there and we’ll evaluate it.”

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

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