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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Quick hits from Rutgers football practice, Penn State week

(AP photo)
By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto

PISCATAWAY — Here are some quick hits from Rutgers practice Wednesday, the final open one to the media before Saturday night's game against Penn State:

Head coach Kyle Flood said he's "very confident" in Justin Goodwin's return to running back if he's healthy (upper body). He is listed as questionable. "I'm not quite sure he'll play, but he looked good today," Flood said of Goodwin, who moved to corner in training camp. I would say we're trending in that direction." It's a refrain he repeated about freshman corner Dre Boggs (lower body, probable).

Flood said Rutgers will be prepared for Penn State's Wildcat formation, although it hasn't seen the niche package in recent memory. "We have a package for it like we do with anything else. It's not unique or new anymore," he said. "Every defense around the country has a package. Now they've got some talented guys back there holding the football. That's the harder thing to defend than the Wildcat."

Flood said offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen hasn't held any play calls or formations back in preparation for Penn State or the Big Ten"I've never believed in that," Flood said. "You only get 12 guaranteed games a year, and we're going to do everything we can in every game. We don't hold anything back."

Due on site Saturday for the Big Ten Network, Flood said he'll still get to take in the environment despite the odd schedule. "I'll be on set game day in the morning," he said. "I'm sure I'll enjoy it, to answer your question. But in terms of the pregame and other things like that, no."

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