Wednesday Practice Report: Readying for Road

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- has the latest out of Rutgers football's Wednesday practice with key notes leading into kickoff against Nebraska. Head coach Kyle Flood addressed preparations for stopping the Huskers' offense, fullback Michael Burton's role and more.

Rutgers takes on Nebraska Saturday as three-score underdogs for the second consecutive game. Coach Kyle Flood discussed the latest preparations after Wednesday morning’s practice when it comes to bouncing back to bowl eligibility.

The Headline -- The focus remains on slowing down the high-powered Nebraska offense, led by quarterback Tommy Armstrong and running back Ameer Abdullah.

Freshmen Isaiah Wharton and Josh Hicks play those roles respectively on the scout team this week, and did so at a high level in the eyes of their peers.

“Isaiah is doing a great job,” said senior defensive tackle Kenneth Kirksey. “He’s making a lot of plays against us, and that’s what we want. He’s doing his job to get us ready.”

Flood spent more time with the offense this week, he said, but liked what he saw on film from the scout team.

“I haven’t seen as much of it,” Flood said. “I saw it on film yesterday, and what I would tell you is, today, on both sides of the field, I thought it really was our best effort of the scout teams. I thought they both did a really good job.”

Worth Noting -- Rutgers has not yet used crowd noise to simulate the sold-out Nebraska crowd. Crowd noise went in during Wednesday’s practice against Ohio State, but Flood said the in-person experience in Columbus, Ohio, has the team confident in its communication ability against the Huskers.

Quote of the Day -- “It was a nice play. I pretty much make that play all the time over Delon Stephenson, so it wasn’t a big deal. It’s something I do in practice all the time. I was upset that we were losing, and I just wanted to make a play for my team.” – Leonte Carroo (with Delon Stephenson invading the interview) on his Ohio State catch.

On the Other Side -- The “blackshirts” represents a Nebraska tradition that goes back decades, according to’s affiliate. Jersey went out from coach Bo Pelini this week.

You can read more about it over here.

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

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