Monday Practice Report: On to Nebraska

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers and coach Kyle Flood are back at practice after the 39-point loss to Ohio State. Meeting No. 16 Nebraska on the road, Flood discussed early game preparations during his weekly press conference.

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood looked back on the loss to Ohio State and ahead to Nebraska Monday during his weekly press conference.

The Headline -- It took all of two sentences for the praise to begin for Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah, who is “as good of a running back as we’ve ever faced,” in the eyes of Flood.

Abdullah, a top contender for Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, is good for 1,024 yards and 14 touchdowns through seven games. The comment, however, is high praise from Flood.

The third-year head coach has been on staff for a decade, coaching against running backs that include LeSean McCoy, Donald Brown, Ryan Matthews and Steve Slaton.

Rutgers (5-2, 1-2) does not plan on backing down from the challenge.

“It’s definitely still 100 [yards],” said linebacker Kevin Snyder on trying to limit Abdullah. “ … It’s not like it’s impossible. If you play tough football and smart football up front, you can hold a guy like that under 100 yards. As soon as you start not doing your job, not being where you’re supposed to be, that’s when they rack up yards pretty quick.”

Worth Noting -- When discussing pass protection, quarterback Gary Nova talked up left tackle Keith Lumpkin big time. Nova said that Lumpkin “realized what he can be” during the offseason, and has a better mindset this year.

Quote of the Day -- “We know that on any given day, we can win. At the same time, if you come out and execute like we did this past Saturday, you see how bad teams can beat you. I think that’s a learning experience going into a hostile environment, playing against a very talented football team. If you don’t do what you need to do, we made plenty of mistakes on all three phases, that’s what happens.” – Snyder.

On the Other Side -- Nebraska topped Northwestern 38-17 Saturday, and Scout.com publisher Josh Harvey has the breakdown.

You can read it over here.


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


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