The Headline -- Rutgers and Ohio State both place an emphasis on recruiting speed, and it often means battling for the same guys within the region.
As recently as Glassboro (N.J.) cornerback Ronnie James, the Buckeyes and Scarlet Knights both recruit speed first. That speed goes head-to-head Saturday.
“I think that speed is something that we value here as well,” Flood said. “We want to be a physical team. We want to be a fast team as well. I like the matchups.”
Rutgers recruited Ohio State freshman Curtis Samuel heavily, who projects to play a key role at running back this weekend.
Worth Noting -- In the latest example of not taking the Monday injury report too seriously, center Betim Bujari practiced for the second straight day and Flood said he feels good about where things stand. The updated injury report is expected Thursday evening.
Quote of the Day -- “I don’t know if [simulated crowd noise] sounds exactly the same. I don’t know if that matters. I think what matters is that you’ve got to get it to a point to where you can’t communicate and that’s what we’ve done. … That’s the part for me that’s critical – the ability to practice without having your verbal communication system. I’ve heard of coaches that don’t use crowd noise, but they have practice and nobody’s allowed to talk.”
On the Other Side -- Here is a look at a Q&A between ScarletReport.com and BuckeyeSports.com. The other half drops tomorrow on ScarletReport.com.
You can read on Scout.com’s Ohio State site over here.
Now sit back and take in Flood’s press conference.