PISCATAWAY – When Kyle Flood needs to describe Fresno State’s passing game, he only needs one word to sum it up.
“They’re a team that wants to push the ball down the field and they got the right quarterback [in Derek Carr] to do it,” the Rutgers head coach said. “He’s got a great arm and he’s a very accurate passer.”
And how about the guys he’s throwing the ball to?
“They’ve got excellent speed, excellent ball skills. They’re big enough. I know our guys over time maybe have been a little bit taller, but I don’t know if that’s necessary to have a dangerous passing game,” Flood said. “I think they’ve got guys that can go up and get the ball and are athletic and they put stress on you. They are determined philosophically to push the ball down the field, so they’re going to take a certain number of swings at it every game.”
On the offensive side of the ball, center Betim Bujari will have his hands full with First-Team All Mountain West nose guard Tyeler Davison.
“I think it’s a critical match up and I’m pleased that we have a fourth year player in a our program that’s been in the big game environments to go out there in the first game and play center against an excellent all-conference nose guard that they have,” Flood said. “I’m sure that both coaching staff’s and both players are looking forward to it.”