Kyle Flood settles on Rutgers’ kicker for the Russell Athletic Bowl

By Matt Sugam

After saying yesterday that the decision of who will be Rutgers place kicker in the Russell Athletic Bowl would be a game-time one, Kyle Flood settled on his option a couple of days early.

“I would say after today that [Nick] Borgese will start the game,” Flood said this post-practice press conference. “He will be our place kicker to start the game.”

Something Borgese’s done the past seven games after Kyle Federico suffered a hip injury against UConn. But with a stiff back after Rutgers’ first practice in Orlando, the kicking situation was up in the air.

However, Borgese showed Flood enough in practice today to warrant himself to remain the starter.

“I was very pleased with how he did it,” Flood said. “We simulated a last second kind of deal and I thought he hit it well and I’m very pleased with how he looked.”

As for the rest of the team, anyone who hasn’t suffered year-ending injuries is good to go.

“I do not anticipate any other personal changes,” Flood said. “I’m pleased with the health of the team. We’ve got all the guys available to us that we thought we would and now the most important thing is to go out and execute and play good football.”

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