Nose tackle is not a stat position, but it is a results position. Rutgers is stronger against the run in 2015, and it begins inside for first-year starter Sebastian Joseph. Joseph moved to nose tackle as a replacement for Kenneth Kirksey, and is an anchor for an interior defensive line rebuilding depth.
"The best part about being a nose tackle is setting a tone for the defense," Joseph said. "It's setting a tone for the defensive line up front. Usually they're going to try to run the ball at the nose guard and the three-tech and when they can't move us 'oh. Well we're not going to run that play anymore.' We set the tone."
Joseph targetted a better offseason after injuries held him back as a red-shirt freshman. When he moved to nose tackle, Joseph went all in on the vacant starting position.
"I think the amount of work that I've put in, I believed [I would start]," Joseph said. "It's not in a cocky way, but I made sure I was working hard enough to solidify my spot. ... It's being ready to go every week. The competition doesn't go down. The competition always goes us in this conference. You've just got to be ready to go. You've got to make sure to take care of your body."