Rutgers Safety Kiy Hester: "This is the Hardest I've Ever Been Coached"

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Safety Kiy Hester wanted a coaching staff to push his limits, and he found that with Rutgers coach Chris Ash and company. Hester called spring the hardest he's ever been coached in a 1-on-1 conversation with Scarlet Report.

Kiy Hester on the changes defensively...

"We've got to put in a whole new defense, so the whole thing with spring is learning and executing it well, and that's what we've been doing. With the coaches, we're in a lot of meetings with coach [Chris] Ash, coach [Bill] Busch, coach [Aaron] Henry. They're helping us get adjusted because they know everyone is learning a whole new system and we have to buy in and execute it."

On a head coach with a history at defensive back...

"I loved it. I think I tweeted out that I couldn't wait to work with him because he coached safeties at Ohio State. Oh, they've got dudes over there -- Vonn Bell -- they've got some good guys over there. I was excited that he was coming over to work with us, and he'd be hands on."

On rugby tackling...

"The adjustment really is right before you tackle. That's the hardest part. Other than that, you just get to fly around and stay low. That's the main thing they preach is stay low. ...That's the main thing they preach to us about improving. Last year, whether we were taught wrong or we were just taught different, this year we're taught a way that a lot of people use. Once we execute that with tackle drills, we'll be a so much better tackling team."

On spring practice...

"Every day we come out here, the coaches are on us. They're coaching us hard. This is the hardest I've ever been coached. When they're coaching us hard, we have no choice but to improve and they're just pushing us so hard."


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