Wednesday Rutgers Report: Improved CB Depth for Scarlet Knights

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Coach Kyle Flood discusses the Wildcat history at Rutgers, Darius Hamilton's practice presence and the latest on his cornerback plans against Michigan.

The Headline – Fresh off a pick six against Wisconsin and healthier week in practice, true freshman Blessuan Austin likely reprises his role as a starting cornerback for Michigan week.

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood expects both Austin and classmate Jarius Adams to play, but sees Austin and red-shirt freshman Isaiah Wharton as starters.

“They’ll all play equally,” Flood said. “Bless will probably be the starter. We’ll make that decision probably a little closer to game time. Isaiah’s been starting, but Jarius is going to play.”

Adams returns to his role as the No. 3 cornerback and coverage option in defensive sub-packages. The Palm Beach (Fla.) Dwyer three-star prospect held firm on his Rutgers commitment after Jim Harbaugh took over at Michigan and offered him.

Worth Noting – Senior captain Darius Hamilton was in uniform at Wednesday’s practice. Hamilton, who Rutgers announced as out for the season, did not practice but was instead there in a leadership role.

“Darius is out here helping us coach and helping [defensive line coach Jim Panagos] with some of the younger players,” Flood said. “As a captain, as somebody who’s played a lot of football, somebody that’s as respected as anybody in our program, it’s great to have him out here for the energy at practice.”

Quote of the Day – “It’s not a reduced role. They’re out there. They’re options on every play, and I’ve always felt the same way about these questions about the passing game. It’s really about making sure the ball is going to the receivers based on what the coverage dictates.” – Flood on lack of tight end receptions in recent games.


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