Saturday Practice Report: Full Contact

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers participated in its first padded practice of spring, and coach Kyle Flood discussed the intensity level and standouts in the trenches after practice.

Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood met the media Saturday as the Scarlet Knights settle into spring practice.

The Headline -- With the pads on, the Rutgers offensive and defensive lines got opportunities to shine Saturday for the Scarlet Knights.

Flood noted multiple standouts on his defensive line, including two guys at relatively new positions in nose tackle Sebastian Joseph and three-technique Julian Pinnix-Odrick.

“I think today was probably the first time Sebastian had an extended period of time to go out there and play football, and I thought he showed up,” Flood said. “It’s tough to say before you look at the film but I thought he showed up a little bit. I thought 53 (Pinnix-Odrick) showed up a little bit. Those are good things for us.”

Rutgers remains a rotational offensive line with as many as four guys at center and three at left tackle with a limited Keith Lumpkin.

“I like it this spring, because there’s opportunity,” said center Derrick Nelson. “We’re really out there competing. I’m doing everything I can to impress the coaches and work hard.”

Worth Noting -- Recruiting heated up Saturday with a packed practice bubble. With four-star quarterbacks Jarrett Guarantano and Dwayne Haskins as headlines, Rutgers recruiting coordinator E.J. Barthel had a busy day.

Other key visitors included linebacker commit Jonathan Pollock, receiver commit Mohamed Jabbie, offensive line commit Ted Field, Wallenpaupack (Pa.) linebacker Rashawn Battle and Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha offensive lineman Elijah Johnson.

“The end of this week through next week, we’ll have a lot of recruits and families on campus,” Flood said. “It’s enjoyable to have that. I think the players enjoy when there’s people on the sidelines. They know a lot of them. … It definitely adds a little juice to practice.”

Quote of the Day -- “I think what you saw is that schematically, they’re a little bit ahead. We’re a little bit more experienced in the front seven than the offense is, certainly on the offensive line right now with young guys playing throughout the practice. They’re a little bit ahead.” – Flood on Saturday’s trench war.

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

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