Tuesday Rutgers Report: No Leonte Carroo at Rutgers Practice

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood breaks down the latest with injuries to Leonte Carroo and Janarion Grant heading into a clash with No. 1 Ohio State. Flood said that hosting Ohio State creates the "best atmosphere in all of college football."

Injured Rutgers receiver Leonte Carroo did not practice Tuesday, but his status remains undecided for kickoff Saturday night against Ohio State.

Coach Kyle Flood addressed the latest on Carroo’s status Tuesday during his weekly spot on the Big Ten coach’s teleconference.

“We don’t know that yet,” Flood said on if Carroo will play. “We’ll have an updated a little bit later in the week. He didn’t practice today. I’ll tell you that.”

Junior Carlton Agudosi would replace Carroo as the starting X receiver.

“Carlton is somebody who’s been working hard in our program for a couple of years now,” Flood said. “Sometimes when you’re behind a guy as talented as Leonte, you don’t get that much playing time. What he’s done a great job of this year is being ready when called. Nothing changes about our offense when Carlton goes into the game.”

Rutgers faces similar injury concerns on special teams, where elite return man Janarion Grant is questionable.

“We haven’t made a decision on the punt  returner just yet,” Flood said. “The guys that have worked at kick return would be Robert Martin and Josh Hicks. Those are guys we worked back there. I remember going to see Josh Hicks when we were recruiting him down in Palmetto, and he ripped off a kickoff return for a touchdown in a game that I was watching.”

Other Commentary

On Preparing for Two Quarterbacks: “I think you’ve got to get ready to play them both. There’s no question. Certainly both guys can throw it and both guys can run it but they do a little more with one and a little less with the other, but both guys are capable of doing all of that. We, as a defense, we have to prepare for both of those guys.”

On Indiana Quarterback Nate Sudfeld: “I think he’s absolutely one of the better quarterbacks in the league, and one of the better quarterbacks that we’ve faced in the last couple of years and we’ve faced some pretty good ones, some guys who moved on to the NFL. Nate’s an impressive guy. He’s big. He’s strong.”

On Rutgers Offense: “It’s effective as long as you’re scoring touchdowns. You’re playing against a very explosive offense in what Ohio State does. They’re averaging 37 points a game, so you’ve got to be ready to score some points if you want to be 1-0 against them. I think time of possession is good. It’s not a negative. We like it when we have the ball more than the other team, but it’s critical that the drives end in touchdowns for it to really work.”

On Primetime Football: “Saturday night will be the best atmosphere in all of college football. Anybody who’s ever been to a primetime night game at High Point Solutions Stadium will tell you that, and the country got a little glimpse of it a couple of weeks ago when we played Michigan State, and I think it will be amped up even a little bit higher this week with the No. 1 team in the country coming to town.”


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