Scout TV: Flood's Monday Practice Report

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Practice No. 1 is in the books for Rutgers, and coach Kyle Flood spoke with the media about the latest movers and shakers. The fourth-year head coach went in-depth on the two-man quarterback battle and the latest at a center position in need of someone to take the position.

Quarterbacks dominated the conversation Monday for Rutgers football head coach Kyle Flood, who discussed sophomores Hayden Rettig and Chris Laviano in battle for the vacant starting job. Flood also detailed the transition out of Ralph Friedgen and into Ben McDaniels at offensive coordinator.

"To me it looked like we took advantage of the winter," Flood said. "It looked like they took advantage of the opportunity that they had without the coaching staff to go out there and throw and catch. When we were working in individual, working in 7-on-7, it was pretty clean."

With junior Derrick Nelson at starting center, Rutgers could rep as many as four at the position during spring including Chris Muller, Marcus Applefield and Dorian Miller.

Flood also acknowledged E.J. Barthel's promotion to director of recruiting.

"EJ is a guy who is very passionate about New Jersey, very passionate about Rutgers football," Flood said. "He had a lot of relationships already, which I think is a positive in college athletics."


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