Big Man Zack Heeman Loves New Rutgers Tempo in Competition for Starting Spot

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Whether it be the vacant left tackle position or the reps available at guard, sophomore Zack Heeman is comfortable and hungry in the new Rutgers offense. The Flanders (N.J.) Mount Olive big man has starting experience, and wants to use it as a springboard to major playing time in Drew Mehringer's power spread.

Sophomore Zack Heeman on working left tackle and guard…

“Coach Blazek just wants to make sure I know all of the spots. Whatever he needs me to do, I’ll jump in.”

On change from pro-style to spread offense…

“Obviously the biggest thing is pace. In terms of assignments, it’s still gaps, still zone, still a lot of different stuff. Coach Blazek and coach Mehringer do a good job of making sure we understand the assignments and even just a quick comparison between the pro and the spread so we can get an idea. We haven’t had any issues so far.”

On going no huddle…

“The biggest thing is making sure you find the ball. Obviously, it’s no huddle so we’re on the line of scrimmage getting ready to go. I like it a little better because we can get an idea of the defensive front and how it’s going to change our play. Obviously it’s a little bit quicker and you have to make your calls a little bit faster but in terms of being able to identify the defense, it’s really helped us so far.”

On communication with quarterbacks…

“The quarterbacks have done  really good job of echoing [calls] and even centers and guards and the tackles are doing good back and forth and making sure everyone’s understanding where we’ve got to go.”

On offensive line coach AJ Blazek…

“Coach Blazek is a perfectionist and not just on technique. You can clearly tell he really cares about the team. He’s done a good job of introducing us to his family. He really wants us to be real close with them. He always wants us to come in. He wants us texting, watch the film. … You can clearly tell he loves us.”

 


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