Wednesday Practice Report: On the Field Rutgers News

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Before Leonte Carroo's reinstatement stole the headlines, Rutgers interim coach Norries Wilson spoke after Wednesday's practice with an in-depth look at Michigan State and kickoff preparations. Wilson offerred updates on two key freshmen during his six minutes with the media.

The Headline – Before a post-practice reinstatement of Leonte Carroo stole the show, the focus fell heaviliy upon Michigan State and the first of two top-five teams headed to Rutgers.

For safety Kiy Hester, it will be personal in a fun way. Michigan State pushed hard for Hester’s services in recruiting, and the red-shirt freshman looks forward to the matchup.

“I’m excited,” said Hester, who signed with Miami before he transferred to Rutgers. “I built a good relationship with a lot of the coaches. I visited there twice. It feels good, they’re a top four team in the country, so I feel like it’s going to be a great game. It’s going to be a great opportunity to play them.”

Hester worked as the starter in practice this week with Davon Jacobs as questionable at strong safety.

“I’ve been starting for the last couple of days in practice, getting a ton of reps, so I feel like I’m ready when it comes game time,” Hester said. “I can play fast and physical and just fly around.”

Worth Noting -- Rutgers saw two true freshmen return to practice this week in receiver Jawuan Harris and defensive back Charles Snorweah. Harris worked with two-deep at receiver, and Snorweah remains limited in his transition to the scout team’s defensive secondary.

“Jawuan is a good kid,” Wilson said. “He’s a first-semester freshman and sometimes when you’re a coach, you want them to know everything you know. We do it 14 hours a day. He’s doing it four hours a day. He missed four or five weeks. Great kid, great ability.”

Quote of the Day – “I’m not going to lie to you.” – Norries Wilson on if he will miss the media after the end of Kyle Flood’s suspension.

Around the Big Ten – Michigan State’s injury situation leaves plenty of what-if scenarios for Saturday’s kickoff. For more on the story, click here.

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