It's game day as Rutgers takes on Army in West Point, NY. This team has lost four straight games by the combined score of 177-47. Army will present a challenge with the triple option on offense and require the Rutgers defense to stay disciplined. A win is a must to keep faint bowl hope alive and Rutgers enters the game shorthanded.
It was reported yesterday that Anthony Cioffi was suspended for today's game. It is for a violation of team rules, no specifics have been given. This is a big loss as Cioffi is the leader of the secondary and leads the team in interceptions. Although Army does not throw often, they average over 20 yards a completion as they pick their spots for big pass plays set up by the run.
Here is the injury report & depth chart from earlier this week. One major change due to yesterday's suspension of Cioffi is that running back Josh Hicks, the team's second leading rusher, is moving to the secondary for today's game. With starters Davon Jacobs and Cioffi out, the safety depth is thin and Hicks did practice there last season for a time. However, this is less than ideal and speaks to the many issues with this team.
Another look at the injury report and Flood's comment from earlier this week are in the news & notes post.
Radio: 710-WOR; 1450-WCTC; 97.3-WENJ; 800-WTMR. Chris Carlin, Ray Lucas and Eric LeGrand will call the game, with Anthony Fucilli working the sidelines. You can also listen to Rutgers student radio at 88.7-WRSU.
Let's hope Rutgers can end the losing streak, win against Army, and come home to prepare to finish the season on a winning streak.