Wednesday Practice Report: Bye Week Work

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The Rutgers bye week approaches a conclusion with coach Kyle Flood meeting the media for the final time before a busy recruiting weekend to talk personnel for Indiana.

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood held his final bye week availability after Wednesday’s practice. Rutgers is in early preparation mode for Indiana, and worked in some new faces as well.

The Headline -- The bye week gave chances for younger players to get extra work while also preparing for senior day against Indiana.

At linebacker, Rutgers gave more chances for sophomore L.J. Liston and red-shirt freshman T.J. Taylor. Experienced linebackers like Kevin Snyder got chances for more “mental reps,” Flood said.

“I don’t know if it’s a good time to try new things,” Flood said. “We’re pretty invested in this season right now, and we’ve got a lot of reps invested in the players. What you can do is you can get some of the second-team guys a little bit more work, and I think that’s good.”

Worth Noting -- Gary Nova had a scheduled day off Wednesday with Chris Laviano taking over the first-team quarterback role. Nova returns to action tomorrow.

Quote of the Day -- “If we had a plaque for my saying about consistency – that there’s nothing more valuable in life than consistency – we’d put Djwany [Mera] right on it. He’s one of the rocks, the pillars of our defense. He’s somebody that just does a great job of doing his job. In his role, sometimes that means production and sometimes that means production for other players. He’s just a really consistent performer for us. He’s very valuable.” Flood on Djwany Mera.

On the Other Side -- Indiana’s Tevin Coleman is right there with the likes of Ameer Abdullah and Melvin Gordon when it comes to Big Ten production at running back. As the Hoosiers prepare for Penn State this weekend, you can read more about Coleman over here.

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

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