The Headline – Rutgers and its offensive line devoted plenty of time this week to crowd-noise preparation for the Saturday kickoff at Wisconsin.
Starting center Derrick Nelson leads the line’s communication after already playing in front of a hostile packed house at Penn State.
“I think Derrick’s performance this year has been very good, very good from a mental standpoint,” said Rutgers coach Kyle Flood. “Although a new starter, it’s somebody who’s been in our system now for three years. That always helps.”
Rutgers (3-4, 1-3) travels Friday to Madison, Wisc., for its next challenge.
“From what everybody tells me, there will be a need for a silent count,” Flood said. “You listen to the other players in the Big Ten at media days talking about the loudest environments in the Big Ten, and this gets reference quite a bit – the environment at Camp Randall.”
Worth Noting – Flood said earlier this week that it would be a similar rehab process for Leonte Carroo during the preparation for Wisconsin. Carroo did not see the field until Thursday of Ohio State game week, and backup X receiver Carlton Agudosi remains highly involved.
“I tell him what we tell everybody on the team, you better be ready to be the starter,” Flood said. “You have to be ready to be the starter because whether it’s the first play of the game or in the fourth quarter when you enter the game like he did at Indiana, you have to perform like a starter.”
Quote of the Day – “I had the opportunity in 2003 to coach against Jerry Kill football team, and there’s no question that the football world is going to miss him on the sidelines. He’s a class act to the greatest degree and somebody that I enjoyed being around although I did not get an opportunity to compete with him since he’s been at Minnesota.” – Flood on Kill’s Wednesday resignation.