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Rutgers Football: O-Line Pride Starts With Coach Kyle Flood

Double G SportsCorrespondent IJuly 7, 2010

This article was written by Double G Sports contributing writer Darnell Stapleton .

 

Some of you may feel I'm a little biased on this topic, but I truly believe that Kyle Flood, Rutgers offensive line coach for the last five seasons, is one of the most underrated coaches on the Scarlet Knights' staff.

During the last five seasons, he's had three players drafted into the NFL, six more sign free agent contracts, and has had one of his former players win a Super Bowl. During that same period, his offensive line units have been ranked No. 1 and No. 2 nationally in sacks allowed in a season!

 His secret to success: the fundamentals.

Being a former player for Coach Flood, I know that every season I played for him he focused on fundamentals and trained reactions. He focused on training your mind and body to respond to certain looks and actions the defense presents.

Even with the loss of three starters up front, the key for Rutgers' offense to be successful is the offensive line. The offense and the team will only go as far as the five men up front will take them. That means running the ball efficiently and being able to keep quarterback Tom Savage upright at moments where the Scarlet Knights need to throw the ball.

I know they have the right guy leading that group. It just comes down to the players buying in to what is being taught.

For more of Darnell Stapleton's writings and other NY/NJ sports news, visit Double G Sports .

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