Cornerback Blessuan Austin Prepares for Challenges in New Rutgers Scheme

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The play-calling protection for cornerbacks is gone at Rutgers, and sophomore Blessuan Austin said he is ready for the challenge.

Rutgers cornerbacks will be more vulnerable to the deep ball in 2016. Blessuan Austin faces the challenge without fear.

"In life, you just have to challenge yourself," Austin said. "If you're not ready to be out there on that island, this defense isn't for you."

A move to more press coverage in the Chris Ash quarters defense, Austin receives deep tests early and often against the Rutgers offense.

"[Cornerbacks coach Aaron Henry] is energetic," Austin said. "He teaches us a lot. He played in the Big Ten, he was All-American in the Big Ten also. He's got a lot of knowledge to share with us. His coaching ability, he teaches us a lot of great things."

Austin played in 11 games as a true freshman, and put the focus on weight and speed gains in the offseason.

"I'm 195," Austin said. "One of the things that was on my mind was putting on some weight, so I could be able to take a pounding in the Big Ten."

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