Rutgers linebacker Quentin Gause wants his senior year to count, and that doesn't happen when distractions get the better of him. The starting strongside linebacker described himself as locked in on Penn State in a conversation prior to coach Kyle Flood's suspension.
Gause spoke with Scout both about his trust in the coaching staff and his focus on game day activity.
"Stay locked in on the season," Gause said. "A lot of distractions can destroy a team, and we're not going to let that happen. PSU is the team that we need to focus on."
Gause and the rest of the Rutgers football team fall behind the leadership of associate head coach Norries Wilson for the duration of the game Saturday. Gause's message to younger players before the suspension holds true with Wilson in charge as interim coach.
"Continue to follow the standard," Gause said. "That's what we're all about -- family. If you continue to come in each day and grind, continue to play your role, that's what's most important."
Rutgers lost 13-10 to Penn State last year, and Gause wants a rematch and opportunity for revenge on the Nittany Lions' home field.
"I've wanted it since the game ended last year," Gause said. " ... This year, we're playing at their home. There's going to be a lot of theor fans there. Our goal is to go do our job and to come out with a win."