Swarm & Finish: Rutgers Safety Kiy Hester Active in First Start

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Kiy Hester's first career start concluded with a 27-14 win over Kansas and multiple impact moments for the red-shirt freshman safety. Hester finished with nine tackles in his debut as a starter, and is in line for a bigger role with Davon Jacobs' status uncertain.

Rutgers could need a lot more from Kiy Hester with starting safety Davon Jacobs as a question mark with an injury before the Kansas game. Hester, who transferred from Miami during his freshman year, answered the call in his first career start.

The challenge, however, only increases with No. 2 Michigan State and No. 1 Ohio State headed to Rutgers during October. The most important part for Hester, who had to laugh off two dropped incerception changes, is to have fun.

"Just take an assignment, just go and that's what he did and he had fun," said interim coach Norries Wilson. "[He] dropped two interceptions he could have had and I talked to him about that on the sideline. I asked him, was he having fun and he said he was having fun. If they are out there having fun and you are going as fast as you can go -- the only fun in this whole deal is winning on Saturday. The rest of it, we're just grinding."

Hester also works on special teams and at nickel in the defensive sub-packages. His role in two weeks against Michigan State likely depends on Jacobs' availability with an updated injury report slated for Monday.

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