Rutgers edging closer to Fresno State after wrapping up final scrimmage

Matt Sugam

PISCATAWAY – As Rutgers wrapped up their second and final scrimmage of training camp – dubbed the “dress rehearsal” – and with game preparations beginning on Wednesday, the Scarlet Knights are edging closer and closer to their season opener on August 29.

12 days now stand between Rutgers and Fresno State. So how close are they to being game ready?

“I think we’re close,” head coach Kyle Flood said. “The key is getting all the situations in, and now that the players have had a chance to experience all those different game situations – everything form coming out, to tight red zone, to the end of the game situations that we did today.”

Of course, tweaks will have to be made after tonight’s scrimmage and in the coming practices.

“I feel like we’re really close,” running back Paul James said. “We just got to make a few more adjustments. We just got to get in the playbook and correct mistakes.”

And the coaches have to finalize which players will be in what places on the field.

“We have to really hone in on what the depth chart is going to be so that we’re giving the reps to the right players,” Flood said.

That includes the pecking order at running back and the starting right guard. With everything else on offense pretty much ironed out, quarterback Gary Nova feels the offense is headed in the right direction. Of course, he knows things change when the lights go on.

“I think we got a little bit to go,” Nova said. “I think when we get to that first game, we’ll get a feel for it that first quarter. We could have the best practice in the world, but it’s how you respond on game day and I’m excited to see that.”

In 12 days days, they’ll get to.

“Come 7:30 [on August 29], we’ll be ready,” safety Lorenzo Waters said. “That’s all that matters.”

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