Tuesday Practice Notes: Friedgen Returns

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers returned to practice for the first time since its scrimmage and welcomed a special visitor in the return of former offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen. Coach Kyle Flood broke it all down after practice.

Moving into the second half of spring camp, coach Kyle Flood and players addressed the latest developments from practice.

The Headline -- 2014 offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen returned to Rutgers Monday for a week in his new role as a special assistant to Flood. Friedgen stepped down after National Signing Day in lieu of Ben McDaniels.

“Ralph came in yesterday, so I had a chance to meet with him yesterday and meet with him this morning before practice,” Flood said. “He’s going to be with us through the week and again just a tremendous resource for the head coach and really everybody on the team. He’s somebody who’s been an offensive coordinator, been a head coach, been a defensive coordinator in his career. There’s no limit to the knowledge he brings to the program.”

Worth Noting -- Flood compared junior Quanzell Lambert to departing defensive end David Milewski when it comes to a potential 2015 role. In addition to a starting spot at the “R” hybrid position, Lambert could work at every position on the line.

“It would depend a little on our depth in the fall, but Quanzell is another really smart football player who is a powerful athlete, an explosive guy,” Flood said. “He’s played [defensive end]. He can play three-technique. He can play nose. He’s played R. There’s a lot of things he can do.”

Quote of the Day -- “Coach [Jeremy] Cole made me get into shape whether I liked it or not, so it really helped me down the long run. I’m mentally prepared to do a lot of things I’m doing now.” – Offensive lineman Tariq Cole on his physical transformation to 320 pounds.

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

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