Scarlet Conversation: OLB Quentin Gause

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Yet another 1,000-yard rusher awaits a struggling Rutgers defense, and linebacker Quentin Gause wants to see improvement. The first-year starter sits second on the roster with 58 tackles. He explained why he thinks the run defense is in for better days in a conversation with Scout.

Quentin Gause, and the Rutgers defense, know what to expect now. Rutgers battled the best in Big Ten stars like Melvin Gordon and J.T. Barrett, and that makes a difference.

Michigan State marks the next road challenge for Rutgers, and road games against Ohio State and Nebraska have the roster more prepared for the challenge.

"It’s normal now," Gause said. "It became normal after the Penn State game. OK, each team is good. Each team has great players. We have great players. So we have to go out and execute our defense. We have to execute our details and do what we have to do to get a W.”

Rutgers (6-4, 2-4) is not pleased with the 1,208 rushing yards allowed over the last four games, especially after allowing 1,310 during all of last season.

Michigan State's Jeremy Langford is the next challenge with 1,116 yards and 15 touchdowns this season.

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