In-Depth with RB Coach Norries Wilson

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – sat down with new running backs coach, Norries Wilson during Media Day, who brings a wide range of experience to the Scarlet Knights' offense.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Experience is a commonality for Kyle Flood's assistants in his first year as Rutgers head coach, but just two coaches — Norries Wilson and Dave Cohen — have head coaching experience.

Wilson was the head coach at Columbia from 2006-11. Despite a combined record of 15-43 during his time with the Lions, Wilson said his experiences prepared him well for his role as running backs coach at Rutgers.

"I think that when you're in the position room, you have to be the head coach of that room and you have to make the decisions that are applicable to the kids that you're coaching." Wilson said.

Upon being brought on board in March, Wilson inherited a talented, yet inexperienced group of players that makes up the Rutgers backfield for the foreseeable future.

Rising sophomore Jawan Jamison gained 897 yards and found the end zone nine times last season while highly-touted recruit Savon Huggins put up 146 yards on the ground along with five touchdowns before a season-ending injury.

Wilson's most immediate challenge is to guide both backs to capture their high potential. He spoke of some of the positive things he's seen thus far from Huggins.

"I think he's done well," Wilson said. "He's done a great job of learning his assignments, trying to make himself more decisive when he has the football, and he's doing a better job playing without the football."

A 1989 graduate and three-year letter-winner at Minnesota, Wilson has been around Rutgers for just five months, but is already acclimating himself to his new home.

"It's a great place," Wilson said. "The kids here, they really rally around one another. I think they have a genuine bond between them, which you need to be successful."

Wilson recruits primarily in Eastern Pennsylvania and is adjusting well to his role at Rutgers.

"I'm hoping to improve the talent level of whatever position of the young man that I'm recruiting," Wilson said. "I look at what we have and say, 'is this young man better than what we have?', to increase the talent level of the team."

But skill level is not the only factor Wilson weighs when evaluating talent. He echoes Flood's sentiment that Rutgers is looking for the "right" players.

"I don't recruit problems," Wilson said. "There's no reason to bring problems on campus. I tend to look at the transcript first before I look at the tape. I recruit kids that want to come and get an education that are good football players."

It is largely uncertain as to what Rutgers has on its sidelines as we await opening day to begin evaluating their performance. But Wilson said the staff is well-equipped to handle the challenges that 2012 is sure to bring.

"I believe [the coaches] are all experts of their trade," he said. "They bring a wealth of knowledge from the places they've been and the experiences they've had and I think we have a good staff."

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