Thursday Practice Report: Sellout Announced

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – High Point Solutions Stadium is sold out for Saturday’s blackout against the Michigan Wolverines. Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood spoke with the media for the final time before kickoff about the sell out and preparing for a Devin Gardner-led Michigan offense.

It is the second straight sell out at High Point Solutions Stadium when it comes to conference play. Head coach Kyle Flood reacted to the sellout and explained final preparations for Michigan after Thursday’s walkthrough in Piscataway.

The Headline -- Devin Gardner gets the starting nod as Michigan’s quarterback, and that bodes well with the way Rutgers prepared during the week.

“He was somebody we knew we had to get ready for all along, and he finished the last game,” Flood said. “We kind of anticipated him being the starter.”

Gardner started the first four games of the year before taking a seat on the bench for Shane Morris. He came in for Morris after the injury suffered against Minnesota. Gardner has 773 passing yards, five touchdowns and six interceptions on the season. He is fourth on the team in rushing with 91 yards and a touchdown.

“When you’re successful it’s because you execute your defense,” Flood said. “I think we’ve got a good game plan. I think the players have done a nice job over the course of the week. Now we’re going to execute it and then you have to tackle. You can execute the game plan, but when you get to the ball, you have to get it on the ground.”

Worth Noting -- Fans rejoice. Rutgers will not wear “F.A.M.I.L.Y.” on the back of its blackout jerseys Saturday night after an NCAA rule change. The black uniforms come with the last names of the players.

Quote of the Day -- “Rain is a minor effect on the game – not a major. I think wind can have a tremendous effect on how you play the game on offense, on defense and on special teams for sure. The reports I’ve seen say the rain is going to stop before kickoff, but if it doesn’t, it doesn’t – as long as it doesn’t just rain on our sideline.” – Flood.

On the Other Side -- For multiple interesting, informed takes on the ugly week playing out in Ann Arbor, check out’s Michigan roundtable.

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

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

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