Rutgers’ Andre Civil Returns To Practice

By Matt Sugam

PISCATAWAY – After injuring his lower leg against Army and missing the game at Cincinnaiti, Rutgers right guard Andre Civil returned to practice for the first time.

“Andre Civil was out there practicing a little bit today, taking some reps,” head coach Kyle Flood said. “I wouldn’t say that he’s 100% yet, but I would say that he’d be available today based on what I was seeing today.”

However, if Civil can’t start, Flood likes what he’s saw from Taj Alexander in Civil’s replacement.

“Taj played well. I don’t have the exact percentage on it. He had the one MA [missed assignment] early in the game on the play where Gary [Nova] was trying to throw it out of bounds and he couldn’t quite get enough on it to throw it out,” Flood said. “And really I think the best indication for Taj is that as the game went on, he played better and better and hopefully he was able to learn from his mistakes as the game was going on and I really felt he played a good second half, so I’m pleased with the direction he’s going.”

Most impressive about Alexander’s perfomances is where they came. His first two collegiate starts came this season, on the road, in critical Big East games.

“The two games he’s had to really had to step in for us in hostile environments against good fronts, good defense lines, so he’s done a good job,” Flood said. “I’m pleased. I’m excited about his future as an offensive lineman. I’m excited how he can hopefully help us be 1-0 this week.”

Note: Flood said kicker Kyle Federico did not kick today. If he can not play Saturday, Nick Borgese will handle the place kicking duties for the fifth straight game.

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