Monday Practice Report: Week Two Heats Up

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers coach Kyle Flood met the media Monday with the Scarlet Knights onto week two of spring practice. Flood addressed the health of the team at multiple spots and a few key players emerging early.

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

The Headline -- Rutgers remains in experiment mode with an offensive line lacking depth. Down three starters from last season and another (Zack Heeman) because of injury, line coach Mitch Browning has single-digit linemen with which to work.

That means experimentation and multiple guys in multiple positions for the spring.

“We’re trying to turn it into a positive by playing guys at different positions,” Flood said. “There’s some gymnastics to that. It creates a different kind of practice for coach Browning. That’s for sure. Having the guys move in and out each play and playing as many centers as we’re playing right now, I think they’ve done a good job.”

With junior Derrick Nelson as the starter, Dorian Miller, Marcus Applefield and Chris Muller all received work at center yet again.

“I feel comfortable enough to go out there and make the calls,” Miller said. “At the center spot you have to lead, so you’re really the guy out there that’s directing traffic and making sure everybody’s doing the right thing.”

Worth Noting -- Red-shirt freshman defensive end Jimmy Hogan remains active in an increased spring role. With starter Djwany Mera limited Hogan’s push for the two-deep remains strong in week two.

“High energy, physical guy,” Flood said. “He loves football. Every day he is out there and he’s a fun guy to coach.”

Quote of the Day -- “I realized that when I went to Ohio State. One of the guys picked me up like ‘where you going?’ That, and looking down at somebody, was an embarrassment for me. I really felt like I needed to gain weight.” – Sophomore defensive end Kemoko Turay.

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

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