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Two-Minute Drill: Rutgers Head Coach Chris Ash Previews Ohio State

Chris Ash

Rutgers head coach — and former Urban Meyer assistant — Chris Ash spoke for a few minutes on the Big Ten coaches teleconference. He previewed the Scarlet Knights’ upcoming home game this weekend against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Here are the highlights.

+ Getting ready for their second B1G game of the season. Pleased with the improvement the team is making and how they are competing, but they have to find ways to win.

+ Receiver/kick returner Janarion Grant will be available. “He means a lot to our football team.” He does great things on special teams as a returner. Offensively, he is a go-to guy. Having him around is a big boost in a lot of areas.

+ Competing in the Big Ten East is difficult, but he knew that coming to Rutgers. He didn’t shy away from it. There are limited resources financially initially, but they are doing a good job of fundraising. “We’re not into comparisons, we’re into preparing our team.” Ash doesn’t worry about the other teams. That’s not fair to his players and fans. He compares the team to where they were yesterday. He doesn’t know how long it will take to reach their peak, but as long as they keep progressing, he’ll be happy.”

+ J.T. Barrett can run and beat you with his feet, but he’s also smart with the football and can make all the throws. His game experience is huge. “He’s got that ‘It factor’.” He’s a tremendous leader. He has seen everything and just keeps coming back. “He’s a great player.”

+ Urban Meyer said on Monday that no team has improved on defense from last year as much as Rutgers. Ash credited the players. They have done an unbelievable job of pushing the reset button. They are refocused. They have made some tweaks to their scheme that better fit the personnel. The fundamentals and techniques are better and the team plays harder this year.

+ On offensive coordinator Jerry Kill, he’s been a great asset. He’s a tremendous individual. No ego. Selfless. It was easy for him to get aligned with what they want to do. It was an easy transition. The players connect with him and are drawn to him. He attacks the offense like a head coach. Ash doesn’t have to micromanage it, and he can lean on Kill in all sorts of different areas.

+ Playing Ohio State is a big game against a great team, great players, and great coaches. They embrace the opportunity to compete against Ohio State.

2 Responses

  1. Once he said Barrett can make all the throws, I know he is a phony. He has great leadership roles. Where was the leadership against Clemson and Oklahoma? I thought great leaders lead by example.

  2. Whatever happens to Rutgers, they have great coaches.

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