Tuesday Practice Report: Two RB Changes

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The bye week for Rutgers led to another key position change. Head coach Kyle Flood moved true freshman Josh Hicks to safety, and discussed what it means after the first bye week practice. Flood also announced that running back Savon Huggins is done for the year, and will medically redshirt.

The bye gives Rutgers much-needed rest and developmental time after six straight weeks of hard-nosed football. The Scarlet Knights (5-1, 1-1) returned to practice Tuesday after the historic Saturday win over Michigan, and coach Kyle Flood has the latest news and notes.

The Headline -- True freshman Josh Hicks moved to safety following the Rutgers 26-24 victory over Michigan. With multiple injuries at safety, including the loss of Andre Hunt Saturday, Hicks has a better chance to help the program on defense, Flood said.

The move is to free safety, where Hicks has high school experience along with cornerback.

“It was something that I brought him in to talk about yesterday and, much like Justin [Goodwin], he said something very similar,” Flood said. “He really just wanted to get on the field and help the football team as many reps as he could in games. I felt good about that the entire time.”

The move stands as a vote of confidence for Robert Martin, who is the lone running back left in the mix behind Desmon Peoples and Goodwin when it comes to realistic playing time.

“If there is a reason to play a third back, we know who the third back is going to be,” Flood said. “It won’t be a running back by committee back there. He’ll be the next guy in the game.”

Worth Noting -- Senior Savon Huggins will not play this year after being medically re-evaluated. Shut down for the season, Huggins is expected to return to Rutgers in the spring as a redshirt senior.

Quote of the Day -- “Whether you’re coming off success or disappointment, you have to put your eyes forward. We certainly weren’t perfect in that game. We’ve made the corrections. We’ll continue to make those corrections as they move through the week, but our eyes are moving forward. We’re evaluating our own selves a little bit this week as we start to game plan for Ohio State. Then on Sunday, we’ll turn our sights full-time to Ohio State. Because it’s a one-game season, and we don’t get to carry any of the positive energy from that game over to the next. If we want momentum in the next game, we’ve got to create it.”

-- Flood.

On the Other Side -- It is not too early to start looking at Ohio State and the challenge that faces Rutgers in its first Big Ten road game. After the loss to Virginia Tech, the Buckeyes have their swagger back after putting up more than 50 points in three straight games.

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

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

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