Monday Practice Report: On to Indiana

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers and Indiana both enter Saturday’s senior day off Big Ten losses. After a bye week and loss to Wisconsin, coach Kyle Flood returned to the Hale Center team meeting room for his weekly conference.

Rutgers and coach Kyle Flood continued Indiana preparations through the bye week, and yet again look for an end to its losing streak and bowl eligibility.

The Headline -- The bye week did its job in getting Gary Nova (knee) closer to 100 percent at quarterback. Rutgers rested Nova for one practice during the bye, and he showed significant improvement in Sunday’s return to the practice field.

“I thought it was a good week for Gary,” Flood said. “He practiced two of the three days. I thought looking at him last night when we came back and practiced again, that he was further along. Is he 100 percent? I don't know that he is, but I think he was further along than last week and close to being 100 percent, which is important to us.”

Worth Noting -- It is an open battle for the punter spot after both guys struggled two weeks ago in the shutout loss Wisconsin. Flood said Joe Roth would be the starter today, but the staff will evaluate through the week. Tim Gleeson checks in as questionable with a lower body injury.

Quote of the Day -- “I remember during the recruiting process every week you'd go down and I'd watch Kaleb in wrestling practice, and when you see a guy in high school who wrestles as a heavyweight, it's a pretty good indicator that you've got a tough guy. Those wrestling practices are not easy for sure. So it doesn't surprise me. I think you need a little bit of luck for sure, but you need a level of toughness, as well.” – Flood on Kaleb Johnson.

On the Other Side -- Indiana fell short against Penn State in a 13-7 loss. For all of the information on where the Hoosiers stand heading to Piscataway, check it out over here.


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


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