Spring Impact: Rutgers WR Vance Matthews

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- After Vance Matthews earned a scholarship in 2015, the Rutgers wide receiver shifted focus to major playing time in the spread offense under Chris Ash. We checked in with Matthews at the end of spring camp after he made an impact in his new role.htt

Wide receiver Vance Matthews on progress under Chris Ash...

"It meant a lot. Being a walk-on means all of my hard work has been paid off. Nothing changes when you get put on scholarship. It's just the mindset. That's kind of what they instill in us -- competitive excellence and relentless training. I just tried to embrace the culture that they're bringing to us and it brings good things."

On transition to scholarship...

"Last year during the season I was put on scholarship by coach [Kyle] Flood. Like I said, nothing changes. All of the hard work that I'm putting in, it's nice to get rewarded and be recognized. It's a great honor."

On new Rutgers offense...

"We're a big part of it. Obviously the whole offense is a big piece. Nothing works without a line. ... Being spread, everyone's going to get touches. The ball is going to be thrown a lot. We have a lot of routes in, short, long and intermediate. Balls are going to get spread around. It's going to be a fast tempo."

On fresh start offensively...

"Being on the defensive side opens your mind up to things when you're on the offensive side. You get to have the inside scoop on what they're doing. This new offense, starting fresh, learning a new offense, just taking it day by day. That's where we all are."

On other receivers playing well...

"Janarion [Grant] is definitely a guy we can put in a lot of different spots. It's the same with all of our h-backs. Everyone's had a great camp. Everyone's going to have a good season. When it's time to work, it's time to work. Everyone has been doing well. You can't say any one has be standing out."

On an h-back position...

"I think it adds a new factor that defenses are going to have to account for. Lining [Grant] up in the backfield or in the slot or wherever you want to put him, it adds another puzzle piece for the defenses to have to worry about. That's great for our offense and great for Rutgers."

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