Thursday Rutgers Report: Final Preparation for Michigan Road Trip

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers coach Kyle Flood discussed a focused week of practices and continued push for a bowl game with Michigan up next for the Scarlet Knights.

The Headline – Rutgers has not lost its focus after consecutive blowout losses, and it was a good week of practice in the eyes of head coach Kyle Flood.

“I thought there was a lot of stuff we needed to clean up from Monday and Tuesday, as there is in most game weeks but I thought the guys came out today mentally and did a good job,” Flood said.

Rutgers (3-5, 1-4) faces its second ranked opponent in three weeks Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich.

“I like the way practice has been this week,” Flood said. “I like the energy. I like the focus of the team and this is a very challenging opponent. Again, for the third time in three weeks we’re facing a top five defense in the country. It’s an offense that has a very definitive identity that’s going to challenge you running the football with an excellent play-action package. There’s a lot of challenges to playing against this football team, but I like the way the team has come out. I really do. For as many young guys in many spots as there are, they’re making progress.”

Worth Noting – It is a semi-homecoming for red-shirt freshman quarterback Giovanni Rescigno. Rutgers recruited Rescigno out of Warren (Mich.) De La Salle in its 2014 class, and plays its third game in the state of Michigan since his enrollment.

Quote of the Day – “There’s a couple ways you can take mental reps. You can take them in persona and you can take them on film. This gives him one more chance to see it and hear it.” Flood on Leonte Carroo watching practice during injury recovery.

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