Saturday Practice Report: Scrimmage Reaction from Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Both sides had their moments in a Saturday afternoon Rutgers scrimmage in front of dozens of high school coaches and select visitors, and special teams coordinator Vince Okruch spoke after its conclusion about what he saw and the latest on kicking, punting and tight ends.

The Headline –  When both sides of a scrimmage think the other group won the day, then plenty of people got an opportunity to shine in front of the coaching staff.

The Rutgers offense hit multiple big plays with wide receiver Carlton Agudosi as an impact player in the latest scrimmage situations for the Scarlet Knights.

“I thought our energy was high,” said special teams coordinator Vince Okruch. “I thought our effort was high, but at the end of the day, the offense won the day, so we’ve got to look at what we need to improve upon.”

The offense, however, criticized itself for ball security issues, including multiple interceptions and a third-down lost fumble.

“A lot of guys compete out there,” said tight end Charles Scarff. “It sucks when you lose. The offense lost today, but we’ll come out next week and we’ll get the job done. … There is a way of keeping score with situations and stuff like that. We turned the ball over a couple of times, put the ball on the ground. We put ourselves in bad situations. The coaches tally up some formula. The defense came out with the win, maybe 10 points or something like that.”

The tight ends continue to develop in the new Rutgers offense with Matt Flanagan and Nick Arcidiacono seeing the majority of time with the first team.

“Right now today, it would be Arch, Flanagan and Scarff and the order has changed almost daily,” Okruch said. “When I plus and minus a practice, it could be as close as 17, 15 and 12 pluses. Right now I’m very comfortable with all three in the game. “

Quarterback Chris Laviano saw the most time with the ones but all three competitors received work. Junior Hayden Rettig completed a 70-yard touchdown bomb behind the first-team offensive line.

Head coach Chris Ash was not available to discuss the scrimmage Saturday, and next speaks to the press Thursday after practice.

Worth Noting – Rutgers removed the helmet stripes of five players after practice – defensive end Julian Pinnix-Odrick, defensive tackle Darius Hamilton, wide receiver Andre Patton, center Derrick Nelson and running back Trey Sneed.

Hamilton is the first “limited” player deemed game ready, and Sneed is the first of four early enrollees.

Quote of the Day – “The competition of the kickers? We have one kicker. There is no competition. There’s just David [Bonagura]. He’s the only one kicking and because Timmy Gleeson had back surgery, Michael Cintron is the only one punting. It’s a competition of one. Until Timmy gets healthy, we just don’t have any competition.” – Okruch.


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