Sunday Notebook: Bowl Season Begins

From Leonte Carroo's punt-safety play to the beginning of bowl season, Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood spoke with the media Sunday for the latest on the Scarlet Knights. Flood offered an injury update and thoughts on his coaching staff during a teleconference with beat writers.

From Tiquan Underwood to Mohamed Sanu, the punt-safety play call is a long-standing part of Rutgers football practices.

After a decade of practices, Rutgers finally ran it in a game. They executed it to perfection.

Leonte Carroo took the snap from Alan Lucy, and ran out the clock for the win while ever blocker held intentionally for Carroo’s protection.

“That’s part of the strategy of the play,” said coach Kyle Flood. “Keep the defenders from tackling the ball carrier until the clock goes out. … We’ve actually been practicing it for 10 years. I mean that honestly. We’ve actually been practicing that since I got here in 2005. We finally got an opportunity to use it.”

Carroo received the honors as the most sure-handed and trusted receiver.

“We practice it every Sunday,” Flood said. “It’s funny. The trainers were saying that since they’ve been here, they’ve been waiting 11 years for that to get called. It finally got called.”

On the Road Again

The Rutgers coaching staff is already on the road recruiting with an off-week in the Hale Center. Players have meetings and lift responsibilities, but the majority of the week focuses on final exams and academics, Flood said.

Bowling as Usual

Another year, another bowl game for Flood, who sees his third in as many years as the head coach at Rutgers.

Flood works the phones this week, but trusts in the Big Ten when it comes to the best post-season destination.

“I think everybody needs to be involved,” Flood said. “The bowl reps come here during the season … and you build relationships over the years with different people. There’s a lot that goes into it.”

“…You’d like to play a game at a time in December or January that gives you an opportunity to maximize the developmental time that you get as a bonus for being in a bowl game. You want to play a good opponent. That’s always the case.”

Guess Who’s Back

Rutgers expects fifth-year senior receiver Andrew Turzilli (lower body) back for the bow game. After four seasons at Kansas, that makes a special moment for the departing wide receiver.

“It will be good to have Drew Turzilli back,” Flood said. “He’s another guy who’s a weapon for us on offense. Him having a chance to play in a bowl game for the first time in his career, I think, is going to be fun for me to watch.”

No Changes

When asked about the coaching staff, Flood does not plan on changes before the bowl game. Flood fired three assistants – Dave Cohen, Damian Wroblewski and Rob Spence – after the end of the regular season in 2013.

“I don’t have any anticipation of that,” Flood said.

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