TV: DE Jamil Merrell Breaks Down Bye

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Team captain Jamil Merrell is halfway through his final season at Rutgers with a 4-2 record. Looking ahead to Houston and back at losses in the defensive secondary, the fifth-year senior defensive end offers his take on the by week.

Jamil Merrell has no plans to look back at the departure of Ian Thomas or injury to Lew Toler at cornerback. Both losses hurt the defense, but have more of an impact if the team dwells on the past.

As a team captain, Merrell discussed his message to the younger players on defense during the bye week. Looking forward to Houston, he sees plenty of upside on a defense still struggled to settle in.

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