By Matt Sugam
PISCATAWAY – As Rutgers edges one day closer to their game at Cincinnati, head coach Kyle Flood said the status of running back Jawan Jamison (ankle) and right guard Andre Civil (leg) remains the same.
That means they’re 50-50 for the game. However, Jamison did get on the practice field for the first time.
“Jawan came out and did some stuff early on and then he went back into the training room. If we played a game today he would not be able to play,” Flood said. “Andre is not ready to play just yet.”
If Jamison can’t play, Savon Huggins would be the starting running back and if Civil can’t go, Taj Alexander would take his place. And so, the depth of Rutgers’ team will to be seen now more than ever.
“I think the depth of your team is always tested this time of year,” Flood said. “The players on your team that aren’t the starters have to have a next man in mentality that I’m going to ready when called upon to do my job.”
And with three games in a 12 day span starting on Saturday, Flood’s mentality with injured players won’t change with the game at Pittsburgh next Saturday and Louisville looming the following Thursday.
“It really doesn’t,” Flood said, adding. “The situation we’re in right now we’re not thinking about anything other than the Cincinnati game and when the Cincinnati game is over we’ll evaluate it, we’ll evaluate the health of the team and who’s available and we’ll try and try to put together the best plan to work that week, but it won’t be a situation because we keep a guy out because the next game is coming.”
Note: Flood said Ka’Lial Glaud returned to practice and ready to go while kicker Kyle Federico’s status has not changed and he’ll likely be in an “emergency role” at Cincinnati.