Kyle Federico still isn't quite sure what he'll be doing this afternoon.
Whether or not he'll be kicking for the 19/20 Rutgers football team as they line up against Big East rival Syracuse is still up in the air, and will most likely be a game-time decision for head coach Kyle Flood who, as of this writing, was unsure whether the true freshman would be truly effective on the field.
With the past two meetings between Syracuse and Rutgers decided by a three-point differential, including a double overtime victory for the Scarlet Knights last season, Federico's position and the field and his ability to kick could be more crucial than ever.
"It happened on one of the kickoffs after the last field goal he attempted," Flood said earlier this week of his kicker's apparent hip injury. "I really can't tell you anything about it."
Over the course of Rutgers' first five games of the season, Federico has been, for the most part, successful, connecting on six-of-eleven field goal attempts and averaging just over 60 yards per kickoff.
As the Scarlet Knights prepped for this afternoon's matchup with the Orange, Flood did look at several other options, should Federico be unavailable by noon.
Redshirt freshman Nick Borgese and sophomore Nick DeLouisia have both run through practice as kicker this past week. Should Federico be ruled out at game-time, Delousia is the more likely choice; he stepped in after Federico left last week's game against Connecticut.
On the Orange end of the spectrum, the biggest major injury going into the Rutgers matchup is sophomore wide receiver Jeremiah Kobena, who is also Syracuse's primary kick returner.
Kobena, who has caught five passes, two for touchdowns, this season, is currently listed as day by day after sustaining a hand injury in Syracuse's September 8 loss to USC. He will most likely be a game-time decision as well.
Today's Big East matchup will be nationally broadcast on the Big East Network, with kickoff scheduled for noon at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway New Jersey.
The game will also be streamed on ESPN3 and WatchESPN.com. If you happen to miss all of that, the game will also be replayed, in its entirety, on SNY on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.
As of this morning, Rutgers was a seven-point favorite in the spread.