Lambert Learns New Role

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The versatile Quanzell Lambert worked in a new role during Saturday's Rutgers scrimmage, and he spoke 1-on-1 with Scout afterwards about playing multiple spots on the defensive line.

David Milewski was the model lineman for Rutgers in 2014, and junior Quanzell Lambert wants to carry the lessons over to the second Big Ten season.

Milewski showcased his versatility with four different defensive line roles last season. Lambert worked his third of the spring Saturday when he replaced the injured Sebastian Joseph as the starting nose tackle.

“I’m willing to take that role, Milewski’s role,” Lambert said on playing multiple positions. “It’s about giving our team the best shot. You can see what Milewski did for us last year. He was a role model. Look how far we went with him. Me being here, it’s a great opportunity to try to do the same thing.”

Lambert would be an undersized defensive tackle at 6-foot-1, 250 pounds but the Erial (N.J.) Timber Creek product wants to help wherever possible.

Lambert likely returns to his starting “R” position when Joseph returns, but remains a multi-spot guy heading into the spring game.

“It’s definitely a physical position,” Lambert said. “I’m getting double teamed a lot more and everything like that. I just took that as one of the points to focus on and being more physical.

“… Our team is built with a bunch of great athletes. Me being out there able to do multiple things, I’m helping give us the best opportunity to win.”

Lambert and the rest of the defensive line won the day against the first-team offense. But with only eight healthy offensive linemen for a 101-play scrimmage, Lambert said his opposition deserves praise.

“They’re maybe the group that worked the hardest over the winter,” Lambert said about the offensive line. “Coming in with low numbers and doing mostly all of the reps without position changes, they deserve a ton of credit. We’re proud of them as a defense. We’re giving them 100 percent of us and they’re giving 100 percent right back. There’s a lot of respect there.”

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