By Matt Sugam
PISCATAWAY – As Rutgers edges one day closer to the Syracuse game, Rutgers kicker Kyle Federico still has not practiced since leaving the game in the third quarter against UConn with a lower leg injury.
“We have no change from yesterday,” head coach Kyle Flood said. “We’re still optimistic. We’ll evaluate later in the week, probably on Friday to see what his availability will see.”
For now, Rutgers is still figuring out their contingency plan.
“Everybody else who kicks on our team [is trying out],” Flood said. “Everybody’s getting an opportunity. I wouldn’t rule anybody out at this point.”
Of all the specialists on the team, there are three candidates that are listed on the roster as place kickers. Nick DeLouisa — who kicked and missed his only extra point try he had against UConn — and Nick Borgese are the only other place kickers on the roster. They’ve also brought on a walk-on this week in senior Joe Behnke.
“If Kyle’s available we’ll see what his availability is,” Flood said. “If the other’s are available we’ll see what kind of situations we want to put them in throughout the game.”