Rutgers coach Kyle Flood focused on the developmental aspects of practice Saturday. The Scarlet Knights have another week of Piscataway workouts before the flight to Detroit for Quick Lane Bowl week.
The Headline -- The beginning of bowl practice is all about development. As Rutgers builds toward year two in the Big Ten, young players get their biggest opportunities in auditions for starting jobs.
With red-shirt freshman Chris Laivano missing because of a minor illness, quarterback Hayden Rettig received a major look.
“I think Hayden’s got good arm strength,” Flood said. “He’s a good athlete. For him, it’s going to be a matter of learning the offense and really operating within the system. That’s always the challenge for the guy who’s on the scout team.”
Worth Noting -- Rutgers invited its five official visitors to today’s practice in Philadelphia George Washington defensive end Shareef Miller, Nassau CC cornerback Rasul Douglas, New Berlin (N.Y.) Milford cornerback Blessuan Austin, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Erasmus Hall linebacker Deonte Roberts and Poolesville (Md.) defensive end Jon Bateky. The next stop is New York City.
Quote of the Day -- “The No. 24 fathead is going to look great in the dorm. I want it bad.” – freshman cornerback Dre Boggs on bowl gifts.
On the Other Side -- North Carolina is in the same position now that Rutgers faced in last year’s Pinstripe Bowl. With Vic Koenning out as associate head coach for defense, UNC has a whole to fill when it comes to Quick Lane playcalling.
You can read about it over here.
Now sit back and take in Flood’s press conference.