Tues Practice Report: Blocking Distractions

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers coach Kyle Flood met the media Tuesday afternoon to discuss the recently completed practice in preparation for the Michigan game. Flood addressed the development of safety Andre Hunt and linebacker T.J. Taylor. Both could be starters when the Wolverines arrive in New Jersey.

A banged up Rutgers team returned to the practice field Tuesday with preparations for Michigan and a blackout battle under the lights Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium.

The Headline -- As Michigan fights through issues regarding coach Brady Hoke and the decision to play quarterback Shane Morris after suffering an injury. With Michigan very much in the national headlines this week, Flood plans to keep the locker room focus on what Rutgers can control.

“Football teams, in general, are pretty resilient,” Flood said. “Inside the locker room, it’s a place where you can block a lot of things out. I don’t reference it. Whatever is going on in Ann Arbor, we don’t have any control over that. That is not our situation. We have to control what we control, which is our preparation.”

Worth Noting -- Redshirt freshman T.J. Taylor got a heavy workload with the first team defense as starting weakside linebacker Steve Longa heals from a lower body injury. Taylor is a converted safety that is in position to start if Longa is unable to go.

Quote of the Day -- “I don’t think you realize what you mean about staying home until you’ve actually done it. It means a lot more when you sit back and think about it now that you’re not a kid anymore.” – senior quarterback Gary Nova.

On the Other Side -- Morris, who remained in the game after taking a vicious hit, likely suffered a concussion according to Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon.

You can read the latest on Scout.com’s Michigan site over here.

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

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