Rutgers spring game preview

April, 27, 2012
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Rutgers is the final Big East team to play it spring game. Here is a quick primer on what to watch:

Quarterback competition. Neither Chas Dodd nor Gary Nova have separated themselves in their competition to win the starting quarterback job. The truth is, neither has played consistently. In a scrimmage last week, both struggled. Coach Kyle Flood said he was pleased that they played better during the final practice before the spring game Thursday, but there is no doubt the competition will continue into the summer. It would certainly help if one of them, or both of them, left spring with a strong statement performance.

Receivers. Brandon Coleman has had a really nice spring so far. Of course, he had a really nice spring last season and then Mohamed Sanu stole the show. Watching Coleman in practice makes you believe he can truly be an unstoppable force because of his size and speed. He rarely, if ever, gets tackled from behind. He could have another big day. Flood also has praised Miles Shuler, who has had a nice spring as well.

Kicker. Freshman Kyle Federico appears to be the front-runner to replace San San Te. Federico is an early year enrollee out of Ponte Vedra, Fla., and has had a pretty good spring, going 7-of-9 on field goal attempts in the two scrimmages Rutgers has played. He has taken the majority of the reps with the first-team field goal unit.

Of note: Rutgers is missing many of its key players because of injuries, including several contributors on the offensive and defensive lines. So the team you see Saturday will not be the one that lines up for the season opener. Flood wants the spring game to be much more of an exhibition than an actual game. He also plans on issuing a revised depth chart in the next several weeks.

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