Wednesday Practice Report: Changes at RB

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood met the media Wednesday afternoon to discuss his plans at running back and expectations for No. 10 Michigan State on the road. Either Josh Hicks or Robert Martin gets the start at running back Saturday, becoming the fourth at the position this season behind Paul James, Desmon Peoples and Justin Goodwin.

Rutgers completed its final full practice before facing No. 10 Michigan State, and expects a chilly afternoon of football in East Lansing, Mich.

The Headline -- Rutgers coach Kyle Flood is about to start the first true freshman at running back since Justin Goodwin did so in 2013. Set to start either Robert Martin or Josh Hicks, both project for big roles against Michigan State after 197 yards and four combined touchdowns against Indiana.

“I think the production from the last game certainly warrants it,” Flood said. “Who starts the game? I don’t know. They’ll both get a lot of touches.”

Goodwin has a role in the game, Flood said, and sophomore Desmon Peoples will play if healthy.

Worth Noting -- When asked about his NFL prospects, junior Tyler Kroft told Scout he has not thought about an early departure. Any decision would come after the season and discussion with family.

Quote of the Day -- “When you’re thinking about being cold, you’re not thinking about football. You’re wasting energy.” – guard Kaleb Johnson.

On the Other Side -- Field goals became an issue for Michigan State before last week when kicker Michael Geiger got back on track.

You can read about it over here.

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

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