Thursda Rutgers Practice Notebook: Leonte Carroo's Return

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Set for his final game as interim head coach, Norries Wilson spoke after Thursday's walkthrough about the reinstatement of star receiver Leonte Carroo and final preparations for No. 3 Michigan State's blackout visit to Rutgers.

The Headline – Yes, Leonte Carroo is back and he practice Thursday for the first time since pregame against Washington State. But Carroo’s return does not necessarily make him ready to resume his old role with the program.

Associate head coach Norries Wilson and head coach Kyle Flood have not yet discussed the starting X receiver for Michigan State. Junior Carlton Agudosi played well during Carroo’s absence, and did not miss this week’s game plan installations like Carroo did.

“He’ll play at full speed,” Wilson said. “He came out and he ran, I don’t know how many plays exactly, but he ran some plays and he was running them well. He did a good job keeping himself in shape while he was away, so we’ll assess him again tomorrow and see how much we can put on his plate for Saturday.”

Worth Noting – Carroo’s suspension had no impact on the staff’s confidence in the team captain’s leadership.

“I am very confident in his ability to lead,” Wilson said. “He’s made some mistakes. He’s not perfect. He’s stepped up and owned up to his mistakes and that’s behind him now, and we’re going to go forward and just take it day by day.”

Quote of the Day – “This was a very serious matter, and I don't take any of this for granted. I'm just blessed to be back out here. After speaking with my family and friends and teammates, I understand this is a blessing and I am very lucky and fortunate. Like I said, this was a very unfortunate event, so for me to be back out here practicing today and being able to play in an eight-game stretch, I'm very excited about." – Carroo on his reinstatement.

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