If Rutgers goes with any sort of four-defensive end attack like the one Shane Burnham described, Quanzell Lambert wants in. Lambert is a converted middle linebacker that comfortably found his home on the defensive line last season.
Through one third of spring practice, Lambert remains with the ones alongside Sebastian Joseph, Darius Hamilton and Julian Pinnix-Odrick, and his speed could be an asset in the new scheme.
"For any offensive line, if you put in four defensive linemen then they all have to play on their heels," Lambert said. "Now they're worried about the stunts and the speed. The speed coming at them now is not those strong, short guys in the middle. It's a lot more speed all across."
The first Rutgers scrimmage represented a new challenge for the defense with the no-huddle tempo from Drew Mehringer's offense. Speed, on both sides, will be a staple in the eyes of the players.
"We were expecting [the speed] as a defense," he said. "We were trying to get better as the day goes on and just trying to make plays and hold each other accountable."