Wednesday Practice Notes: Safety Updates

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers coach Kyle Flood spoke after Wednesday's practice with an update on the injured Kiy Hester and the latest on game preparations for Washington State.

The Headline – Both Rutgers coach Kyle Flood and teammates expect a key player back in the defensive secondary when the Scarlet Knights take the field against Washington State.

Technically questionable on the injury report, Kiy Hester practiced Tuesday and Wednesday with the ones and twos.

“It’s a tremendous boost,” Flood said when asked about Hester playing against Washington State. “To have him back, a talented football player, we were excited about his trajectory in training camp and he’s been running around for a couple of days right now. So far so good.”

Worth Noting  -- In addition to Hester’s return to safety both he and Andre Hunt should expected increased roles in the nickel and dime packages.

“This is my first time playing nickel,” Hunt said. “It’s a little similar with dime but some of it is a little bit different. It is a new position. I’m coming in tonight to watch extra film making sure I’m ready to go.”
Quote of the Day – “I don’t think we have any less offense than we had last year. If anything, it’s a little bit more because these guys have all been in the system longer.” – Rutgers coach Kyle Flood.

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