Wednesday Rutgers Report: Longa Update

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers coach Kyle Flood touched on a variety of topics on his final media session before the Maryland game. Flood discussed the latest on injuries with linebacker Steve Longa and behind-the-scenes support for Rutgers football.

The Headline – Rutgers likely has Steve Longa back for Maryland after the starting weakside linebacker practice on consecutive days.

The full injury update will not come from coach Kyle Flood until much closer to kickoff, but early indications are positive.

“We’ll put something out before the game, but Steve was our here taking reps,” Flood said. “He looked good. That’s good news for us. He’s a good football player.”

Longa is eager to return to action, and spoke well of backup Deonte Roberts’ in-season progress.

“I’m very proud of him,” Longa said. “I see a lot of progress in him, the stuff he doesn’t even see. I’m looking at him from an outside perspective and that guy wants to be great. He works hard. Whenever I have time to give him tips, he is not a guy to take criticism the wrong we. He goes out there and works.”

Worth Noting – Rutgers could have another makeshift offensive line on Saturday, and it comes against a defensive line led by Yannik Ngakoue’s 13.5 sacks.

“I’ve got confidence that the players are working right now,” Flood said. “They’re doing a good job digesting the game plan. They’re going to play against an excellent group on defense in Maryland. They don’t give up a lot of rushing yards per carry, and they’ve got the all-time leading sack leader in the history of their program. It’s quite a challenge for us.”

Quote of the Day – “That’s a conversation for another time. Right now we’re talking about Maryland. It’s Maryland time. When that time comes, you can ask me that question and I’ll answer you, but right now it’s all Maryland.” – Longa on thoughts of an early NFL departure.

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