Rutgers Monday Report: Latest with Leonte Carroo Injury

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers coach Kyle Flood turned the page to Michigan during his Monday press conference with the focus on injured star receiver Leonte Carroo and a potential return Saturday against the Wolverines.

The Headline – The health of star receiver Leonte Carroo yet again becomes the focus for an offense in desperate need of a spark. Carroo will not need to practice this week to play on Saturday, but he awaits clearance from the medical staff.

A captain with four years of game experience gives coach Kyle Flood enough trust to play him without a role in practice.

“A player with as much experience as Leonte has -- and this would be different for any player when you're talking about, okay, the player is medically cleared, will we play him,” Flood said. “If you're talking about a player who's never played in the game before, I don't know that that would be the case, but somebody like Leonte who has played a lot of football, I'm not as concerned with him practicing the entire week to go out there. But he's gotta be medically cleared first or there's no conversation.”

Carroo said that his injury is the same issue that took him out of action against Indiana.

Worth Noting – Injuries and struggles at the safety position have true freshman Najee Clayton in line for a bigger role in the final four games of the season.
“He's already playing on special teams for us,” Clayton said. “And then it'll be at safety. That's where ultimately you're going to see him, and he's another guy who's got a very bright future in the program. So we're trying to advance his progress, and a guy who wasn't with us in the summer. But he's making good progress. He's working really hard at it.”

Quote of the Day – “It’s hard to say it doesn’t [bother me] obviously, but at the same time it’s not really a choice you have as a quarterback. Either you fold or you learn. You forget about the game quickly, learn from it the next day and then you move on. That’s just the way it is. You’ve just got to be able to handle it.” – Quarterback Chris Laviano on scrutiny.

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