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Kyle Federico

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Rutgers kicker Kyle Federico has had a strong start to the practice week for the Russell Athletic Bowl. Returning from a midseason injury, Federico is in a three-man race to kick Friday evening against Virginia Tech, just a short drive from his home town.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Freshman Kyle Federico came to Rutgers expecting to step in as a starter immediately.

But after a midseason injury, Federico lost his starting job to redshirt freshman Nick Borgese. Now healthy after the chance to rest and get back into the swing of practice, Federico is one of three kickers that could start the Russell Athletic Bowl against Virginia Tech.

Place kicker is now a three-man race with Borgese and walk-on Joe Behnke, said head coach Kyle Flood.

From nearby Ponte Vedra(Fla.), Federico discussed his injury battles and determination to win the job following Christmas practice. Recommended Stories