Monday Practice Report: On to Michigan State

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers coach Kyle Flood held his weekly press conference Monday from the Hale Center, where he discussed the latest at running back, wide receiver and preparation for Michigan State.

Michigan State game week begins with Rutgers as a 22-point underdog to the Spartans. Rutgers coach Kyle Flood offered his initial thoughts during his weekly press conference.

The Headline -- Running back remains a four-man job officially, but freshmen Josh Hicks and Robert Martin are poised to take over after breakout games in beating Indiana.

The duo picked up the bulk of Rutgers’ rushing yardage against the Hoosiers, including four touchdowns combined on the ground.

“We'll work all that out during the week,” Flood said. “I think, similar to last week, there's going to be a role for everybody and then we'll go forward from there. But first priority certainly is going to be to protect the football.”

Sophomore Desmon Peoples is questionable after leaving last week’s game with injury. Both Peoples and classmate Justin Goodwin fumbled against Indiana.

Worth Noting -- Cornerback Dre Boggs is fully back into the rotation after a month of injury issues. Boggs started early in the year, and has a significant role against Michigan State with the apparent shoulder injury suffered by Nadir Barnwell against Indiana.

Quote of the Day -- “It’s normal now. It became normal after the Penn State game. OK, each team is good. Each team has great players. We have great players. So we have to go out and execute our defense. We have to execute our details and do what we have to do to get a W.” – Linebacker Quentin Gause on Big Ten opponents.

On the Other Side -- Michigan State took care of business 37-15 against Maryland after a slow start. The Spartans bounced back after their loss against Ohio State.

You can read about it over here.

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

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