After receiving bad news on the injury front with the uncertain status of freshman cornerback Dre Boggs, it didn't take long for Kyle Flood to react. The Rutgers football coach on Wednesday responded by moving his team's second-leading rusher to cornerback.

Justin Goodwin, who was enjoying a solid summer on offense after rushing for 521 yards and five touchdowns last fall as a freshman, is getting a look at cornerback. Goodwin's switch from running back comes a day after Boggs -- who had worked his way to first-team corner -- sustained a lower-body injury in the first of two double-session practices Tuesday.

Flood said Goodwin will play cornerback at least through Saturday's scrimmage, and didn't rule out moving him back to running back. Flood also didn't rule out possibly playing Goodwin at both running back and cornerback in the same game this season.

With Boggs expected to be out indefinitely, Goodwin will join a cornerback group that currently includes sophomore Anthony Cioffi, fifth-year Gareef Glashen, freshman Kam Lott, freshman Isaiah Wharton, freshman Darian Dailey and third-year sophomore Brian Verbitski. Nadir Barnwell is in that mix to start, but his status for the opener is unknown as he nurses an ankle injury.