Saturday Practice Report: OL Transitions to No Huddle Attack for Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers offensive line coach AJ Blazek spoke Saturday after the Scarlet Knights' closed scrimmage. Blazek addressed the offensive line's development and a transition into high-tempo, no-huddle action.


The Headline –  A brief scrimmage capped off week two for Rutgers football, and the production went well from the perspective of offensive line coach AJ Blazek.

Blazek spoke with reporters after the closed scrimmage about what he saw in the bubble.

“The last two drives were really good because the energy lifted on our sidelines,” Blazek said. “That was really the difference. We were preaching that to them. The energy, the juice, we’ve got to have it. If something goes bad, we can’t mope for two or three players. That’s the biggest thing we’re working on – body language.”

The new Rutgers offense contains no huddle and a quick spread attack – an adjustment for an offensive line accustomed to pro style.

“That’s the first time we’ve moved the ball with us trying to push the tempo up front,” Blazek said. “The o-line, we’ve got a long way to go as far as getting in our stances and seeing it with the ball moving.”

Head coach Chris Ash was not available to discuss the scrimmage. He is scheduled to speak next after Thursday’s practice.

Worth NotingTariq Cole spent his Easter at offensive lineman Chris Muller’s house, where he also studied left tackle film with Keith Lumpkin.

“It was fun. I love going to [Chris] Muller’s house. His mom and dad are great.”

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