Wednesday Rutgers Practice Report: Sold Out Saturday Night

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers coach Kyle Flood spoke with the media Wednesday after a busy practice of preparation for the No. 1 team in the country. Flood addressed more on the injury front, and personnel preparation against Ohio State.

The Headline – Rutgers will host No. 1 Ohio State in front of a sold-out crowd Saturday, and head coach Kyle Flood expects one of the best environments in college football.

It represents the first sold-out game for the Scarlet Knights in 2015 when the national champions travel to Piscataway for the first time. Flood hopes the sold-out crowd makes it to the stadium on time for kickoff.

“I said yesterday, I think we’d have the best primetime atmosphere in all of college football, and I believe that,” Flood said. “I’ve seen enough over the last 11 seasons that when you’re coming out for warmups and the stands are just about full and the student section is full and they’re elevating the emotional level of everybody in the program. There’s no question they’re a tremendous advantage for us at home.”

Rutgers players are equally excited about their opportunity in front of the live audience and nationally televised spotlight.

“The crowd is definitely awesome in games like this where we sell out,” said sixth-year senior Sam Bergen. “The student section is going nuts, and that will definitely give us a boost. It’s just such an awesome atmosphere in games like this. I speak for everyone on the team, we can’t wait to get out there and put on a show.”

Worth Noting – Rutgers receiver Leonte Carroo did more today, Flood said, but is far from full go heading into Saturday. His questionable status will be reevaluated later in the week following the leg injury suffered against Indiana.

Quote of the Day – “We’ve seen some good ones the last couple of years, and I think he’s right in the conversation with all of those guys. He as all of the attributes of what makes a dominant running back, and then he’s got the physical stature to go with it. Not all of those guys, I think, have the stature that he does.” – Flood on Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott

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