Tuesday Practice Report: Center of Attention

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers sits four days away from a nationally televised battle with Ohio State, and starting center Betim Bujari remains questionable. What does this mean for practice this week? What will the Scarlet Knights and coach Kyle Flood do to prepare for one of the most potent offenses in the Big Ten?

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood met the media Tuesday to discuss the latest at center and preparing for an offense averaging 56 points per game in its last three.

The Headline -- Class of 2012 buddies Chris Muller and Derrick Nelson split work at center in Tuesday’s practice with Betim Bujari questionable for Saturday’s kickoff against Ohio State.

Muller has no in-game center experience in organized football, and Nelson saw action in just one game this season.

“I was pleased with the operation,” Flood said. “The first thing you look for is, are we getting the exchanges correctly? Are the shotgun snaps coming back well? I thought from an operations standpoint, it was good. Neither guy was perfect. I didn’t expect it to be perfect.”

Red-shirt freshman Dorian Miller would be the fill in for Muller at right guard, and Flood expressed confidence in his ability to do so after playing against both Howard and Tulane.

Worth Noting -- How will Rutgers deal with the mobility of quarterback J.T. Barrett? Flood said someone will be assigned to him at all times.

“You have to account for him in the run game,” Flood said. “You have to account for him when you’re rushing the passer too because if you don’t have somebody designated for him, if he gets loose, it’s going to be a big play.”

Quote of the Day -- “I was actually at the young, ripe age of around seven, six when I was weighing in at a whopping 80 pounds playing center back then. That’s about the only prior experience I have.” – Muller.

On the Other Side -- Ohio State coach Urban Meyer makes his assistant coaches available for comment every Monday. Here is what assistants said about preparing for Rutgers.

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

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

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