Tuesday Practice Report: RB Notes

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers coach Kyle Flood met the media Tuesday with updates on multiple running backs when it comes to preparations for Nebraska. Underdogs again, the Scarlet Knights are two practices and a walkthrough away from the trip to Lincoln, Neb., to face the Cornhuskers.

Rutgers spent Tuesday’s practice installing its game plan for Nebraska, including interesting looks at the quarterback and running back on the scout team.

The Headline -- Rutgers is closer to a three-headed monster look at running back after coach Kyle Flood reviewed the film from Ohio State.

After reviewing the tape of Robert Martin from the fourth quarter, the freshman is “absolutely” closer to jumping into the mix alongside Desmon Peoples and Justin Goodwin.

“I have a very high opinion of Robert Martin, and the most important thing he did was hold onto the football,” Flood said. “I thought he did that. Sometimes a guy can run with the football, and he’s not carrying it the way you want. He’s exposing it. … I thought Robert did a nice job of securing the football as he ran.”

Also at running back, Flood turned to freshman Josh Hicks to simulate Ameer Abdullah on the scout team. Hicks remains a safety in meetings, however.

Worth Noting -- Freshman cornerback Isaiah Wharton out of Kissimmee (Fla.) played Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong on the scout team to simulate the running ability. Look for a passing quarterback to take on that role on third downs with the scout team.

Quote of the Day -- “That game helped us out in a lot of ways, more than people would think. It definitely helped us get better and grow as a team. … It’s not that we weren’t’ there. We were everywhere we had to be, we just had to finish making the plays.”

-- Cornerback Nadir Barnwell on Ohio State loss.

On the Other Side -- Nebraska freshman De’Mornay Pierson-El is one of the most dynamic punt returners in the conference, and one for which Rutgers special teams must prepare.

You can read more about him over here.

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

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