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Monday, April 7, 2014

Rutgers kicking game, moving parts lend to growing pains during spring

By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto

The hard numbers — 1-for-6, a botched snap and a misplayed hold — couldn't have been pleasing for head coach Kyle Flood, but it's part of a transition he will have to deal with in the kicking game.

Breaking in two new long snappers and holders Saturday, Rutgers struggled. 

Kyle Federico and Nick Borgese missed two field goals inside of 30 yards, finishing with a 17 percent success rate. Their specialists labored. Flood was blunt.

"We need to make the kicks," he said. "When you miss the field goals we missed today ... it was disappointing."

Long snapper Robert Jones and holder J.T. Tartacoff are gone. Kevin Snyder, a starter at middle linebacker, has tried his hand at snapping, and scholarship snapper Alan Lucy arrives in the summer.

Anthony Milito is working with the second team.

Rutgers' Desmon Peoples isn't concerned with injuries at running back

“I’ve always been picky with my snappers and holders growing up in high school," Federico said. "I just have to go out there and trust. My job is to just kick the ball, so I can’t really worry about what they’re doing."

"You can only evaluate what you have," Flood said of long snapping. "We'll make all the evaluations on the players we have. We've got a couple guys doing it right now. Then when we get to training camp ... we'll add Alan to that mix, and then evaluate him compared to what we have."

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