Thursday Practice Report: Scrimmage Prep

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers coach Kyle Flood met the media after practice to discuss the details of Saturday's upcoming scrimmage. Flood also addressed multiple names on a new-look secondary and the latest with the quarterbacks.

Rutgers has plenty of reps to go around for Saturday’s second scrimmage, and coach Kyle Flood previewed it Thursday after practice.

The Headline -- The second Rutgers scrimmage will be situation heavy with a prompt 11 a.m. kickoff time and game-like preparations. With limited bodies available for the scrimmage, multiple young Rutgers players get fresh changes on the first team.

“It will be a full pre-game as if we would do it on game day,” Flood said. “With the exception of being in the hotel, everything should feel like game day. … We’ll play a lot of situations. At some point or another, we’ll hit every situation that we have in, and that will be a lot of good work for these younger players.

Quarterbacks come under the spotlight again, where neither Chris Laviano nor Hayden Rettig sits in the lead.

“I think they’re making improvement,” Flood said. “I think they’re getting better. In terms of specifics, I wouldn’t note anything right now.”

When asked if either one is ahead, Flood said “I don’t think so.” Laviano and Rettig were not available this week after Saturday's first scrimmage.

Worth Noting -- Rutgers remains experimental with many of its key players this spring. The Scarlet Knights worked a series of defensive backs at multiple spots, including junior Anthony Cioffi and red-shirt freshmen Kiy Hester and Saquan Hampton.

Junior Steve Longa said he remains in the mix and at work with his former middle linebacker spot while he starts at weakside linebacker.

Quote of the Day -- “Our mission is to kick their butt every down. I feel like as a core group on our defense, [the goal] is for us to get better and continue to be a dominant force.” – Senior linebacker Quentin Gause.

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

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