CB Isaiah Wharton Set for Spring Game Competition

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Cornerback Isaiah Wharton continues to grind through spring after he stepped up as a first-year starter in 2015. One a struggling defense's top cover corners last season, Wharton broke down the changes under Chris Ash's scheme in a conversation with Scout.

Rutgers cornerbacks coach Aaron Henry called for leadership in the secondary. When asked who is the one to lead in position group, sophomore Isaiah Wharton said "I am."

"I just have to get my guys going each and every day," Wharton said on leading a young group. "That's all it is -- compete. That's it."

The offseason coaching change brought in new leadership defensively, including a head coach (Chris Ash) with defensive back experience and two position coaches in the secondary.

"They brought a competitive spirit, man, we just come out here and we compete each day," Wharton said. "That's the main thing they brought."

A potential highlight in tomorrow's spring game, the Rutgers defense has a focus on press-man coverage in quarters and the deep ball thread. Wharton enjoyed the challenge during spring camp.

"You just have to compete," he said. "You're going to be tired. The offense is tired too. If you're going to get a lot of deep balls, it's one on one and we've got to capitalize on those 50-50 balls."

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