Scarlet Conversation: CB Isaiah Wharton Progressing in Spotlight

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- As a freshman cornerback, Isaiah Wharton expects plenty of challenges from his opposition. In a 55-52 Rutgers win over Indiana, Wharton made the Hoosiers pay with a key second-half interception. The challenges increase Saturday against the nation's No. 1 team in prime time

The pressure will be on red-shirt freshman Isaiah Wharton Saturday with the rest of the secondary even more banged up than normerl for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Rutgers may be without Blessuan Austin in addition to other depth concerns in the secondary, but Wharton said he feels ready for the challenge with the support of the coaching staff.

"It feels really good, the No. 1 team in the nation, a lot of kids dream to play them coming to your place," he said on playing Ohio State. "We've just got to make sure we have a good week of practice and make sure we're ready."

Wharton intercepted his first career pass during the critical moments of a 55-52 victory Saturday over Indiana.

"One thing about this unit, we keep fighting for each other," Wharton said on the Indiana game. "We practice hard all week. Not at one point in the game did we feel like it was over. A lot of the older guys, Djwany, JPO, they just kept coming to me to say it's not over and we've got to keep fighting. We know what we're capable of doing and that was what we did in the fourth."

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