TV: DTs Vallone and Merrell

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Defensive tackles Scott Vallone and Jamil Merrell spoke to Monday about the 19-3 victory over Connecticut and the upcoming clash with Big East rival Syracuse.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Defensive linemen Scott Vallone and Jamil Merrell picked up new roles in the 19-3 victory for No. 19/20 Rutgers over Connecticut.

With Vallone shifting to nose guard and Merrell to the 3-tech, the Scarlet Knights (5-0, 2-0) held Connecticut to 53 rushing yards.

Rutgers faces a pass-heavy offense Saturday against Syracuse, where Vallone and Merrell expect another strong defensive performance.

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