Wednesday Rutgers Report: Do It Live

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers hit hard and hit often in Wednesday's practice to prepare for Army's triple option. Head coach Kyle Flood spoke after practice with the latest on the injury front and his reasons for a live practice session.

The Headline – In a unique game week for Rutgers, coach Kyle Flood made Wednesday’s practice unique as well.

Rutgers went full contact for the first time since training camp to prepare for Army’s attack.

“It will be the only one we do this week, but we thought it was important with the option that we’re trying to get used to playing that we had a day out here where the scout team would cut us and we had a chance to try to simulate what we’re going to have to simulate on Saturday,” Flood said. “It’s very tough to do. Those first few drives are always a learning experience, but we felt like today was a good day of work for us.”

Rutgers does not tackle often in game-week practices, but felt the need with a different style coming Saturday at West Point.

“[It was] a little bit more on offense and a lot more on defense,” Flood said. “It’s the only time all year since we started playing the games that we’ve been live during the week.”

Worth Noting – Rutgers is closer to a starting offensive line rotation after practice with questionable status for both Derrick Nelson and Dorian Miller. Flood named red-shirt freshmen Zack Heeman, Marcus Applefield and Tariq Cole as options at guard. Junior right guard Chris Muller likely starts at center for the first time in his career.

Quote of the Day – “You don’t [look into Army’s record]. They’re one of the military schools. They always come to play. Those are guys that are going to fight for our country, so they’re going to be the toughest S.O.B.’s that you play all year.” – Muller.

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