Monday Practice Report: On to Maryland

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers coach Kyle Flood returned to the team meeting room for a Monday press conference. Flood centered on the bounce-back from a 45-3 loss to Michigan State, scouting Maryland and Ralph Friedgen's return home.

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood held his final pregame press conference of the season from the Hale Center team meeting room.

The Headline -- It is a homecoming of sorts for many Scarlet Knights, including offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen. The longtime Maryland head coach faces his former team Saturday.

“I think Ralph's excited for every game,” Flood said. “You know, Ralph pours everything he has into every game plan. The players feel that. I don't think that'll be any different this week.”

Flood twice coached against Friedgen while working as an offensive line coach at Rutgers.

“[I saw] really well-coached football teams, really multiple on offense,” Flood said. “You know, a lot of the things that gave me a tremendous interest in bringing him here were from the two games we had coached against him and some of the time I had spent studying his offenses in my career, earlier than that.”

Friedgen will not be made available to the media heading into kickoff.

It is also a homecoming for defensive line coach Jim Panagos, who played defensive line for the Terps.

“He told us just last night that he was fired up about the game,” said nose tackle Kenneth Kirksey.

Worth Noting -- Kirksey told Scarlet Report that he remains undecided on a fifth year. He plans to meet with Flood, Panagos and recruiting coordinator Phil Galiano about his NFL prospects.

Quote of the Day -- “We have a saying – don’t try to make plays. It will come to you. Do your job and it will come to you.” – Kirksey.

On the Other Side -- Maryland comes off a big road win over Michigan, beating the Wolverines, 23-16, at the Big House.

You can read about it over here.

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

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