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Monday, August 19, 2013

Rutgers' Kyle Flood faces rotation issue along offensive line, more from practice

By Tyler Barto
Twitter: Tyler_Barto

PISCATAWAY — Kyle Flood said Monday he may be forced to play six or seven offensive linemen, much like he admitted early in his first season.

It is the latest development in a series of moves that have clouded the line's stability.

"I think we've got a couple more days to really look at it," Flood said. "My preference is always to play five. I don't know if that will be the case this year."
Kyle Flood: "When you're where you want to be on
the offensive line, you play five." (Tyler Barto/ file photo)

Flood said Andre Civil, a fifth-year senior, is pegged as a starter at right guard after Chris Muller held the position through the last week of spring practice. Antwan Lowery, owner of 20 career starts, is a backup.

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Rutgers had a consistent nucleus last year for the first time in recent memory but lagged in several conference statistics. Its 11 sacks allowed were eighth-best nationally.

The past few seasons have been defined by a waiting game in the trenches, one that has seldom materialized before training camp breaks.

The last time Rutgers played six or fewer linemen consistently in one season was 2009.

"We're evaluating everyone every day," Flood said. "That never changes."

Carlton Agudosi (hamstring) and Bryant Gross-Armiento (hamstring) will not be ready for Rutgers' season opener Aug. 29 at Fresno State, Flood said. 

Brandon Coleman (knee surgery) and Tyler Kroft again wore black non-contact jerseys at practice. Kroft said last week his aim was to be ready for Week 1 after dealing with a lingering ankle issue. 

Flood said Coleman will not need to face contact in practice before the team's first game.

"He's played enough football games," Flood said.

Flood mentioned redshirt freshman Blake Rankin and true freshman Chris Laviano, among others, to replicate Fresno State's Derek Carr in practice. Game installations for Fresno State begin Wednesday.

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