Monday Rutgers Report: What Happens on the Offensive Line?

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- After a scary moment with center Derrick Nelson against Nebraska, Rutgers has plenty of questions on the offensive line as the Scarlet Knights and coach Kyle Flood prepare for Army.

The Headline – The Rutgers offensive line is a work in progress this week with multiple injured starters on the Monday report. Derrick Nelson, following his grisly injury against Nebraska, checks in as questionable and so does starting left guard Dorian Miller.

The injuries have Rutgers and coach Kyle Flood focused on multiple options for kickoff.

“We have to make sure we are starting to training other people and we started that process last night,” Flood said. “We'll make a decision tomorrow when we see some of these guys as to who is the going to take the reps in practice.”

Chris Muller brings versatility, and freshmen Jacquis Webb and Marcus Applefield would be the next bodies in line at right guard and left guard.

Worth Noting – Flood expects running back and fifth-year senior captain Paul James back to normal for Army kickoff.

“I feel good about P.J.,” Flood said. “I feel P.J. is ready to go this week and he'll be back out there. And that's exciting because again, he's always been a guy who can make explosive plays in the run game, and I think he's back ready to do that now.”

Quote of the Day – “I've always been in favor of playing the academies, when possible. And we have got a long tradition here of competing against Army and Navy. I think it serves a couple purposes. One, I think it's regional football and I that I that's good. But I think the other part of it is it gives us an opportunity to kind of pay our respects to those young men that are playing on their football teams.” – Flood on relationships with service academy schools.


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