Julian Pinnix-Odrick puts his Rutgers undergraduate degree to the test today as a verbose representative of the Scarlet Knights at Big Ten Media Day.
The communications major now in a labor studies graduate program crammed in as much homework as possible between media sessions in Chicago. Garrulous in the likes of the press, Pinnix-Odrick wants to shine as much light as possible on the changes at Rutgers.
“It's definitely a great honor,” he said. “I'm trying to represent it as best as possible and give it the reputation it deserves.”
“He's an old man at the event,” Pinnix-Odrick said. “Even coach Ash was asking him what's going on. What are we doing here? Darius has been here. He's a veteran. He's the company man, we like to call him.”
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Change is the focus for Rutgers in media day – both on and off the field.
Pinnix-Odrick spoke highly of his time so far with coach Chris Ash. After spring practice and a heated offseason conditioning program, the team adjusted to a more demanding leader.
“We're all used to it now,” Pinnix-Odrick said. “In terms of the way we train and the way we work out every day, it's really intense. It really emphasizes the character and brotherhood and trust that coach Ash and coach Parker try to instill in us. I think that's what it's all focused around is building with each other and grinding with each other. Though very hard, that's a great learning experience.”
On the roster change front, Rutgers welcomed one veteran and one newbie to its defensive line room.
Malachi Moore joins the program from Boston College as a graduate transfer while Julius Turner signed after Pinnix-Odrick hosted him as an official visitor.
“They're good dudes,” Pinnix-Odrick said. “[Julius] is a man. He's a young guy. He's trying to take coaching right now, but he's definitely here to work. He definitely meshes with the unit. It's seamless. You'd have thought Julius was here for two years the way he interacts with the room. Malachi is a guy that's obviously experienced. He's chill, relaxed. I'm actually taking a class with Malachi right now, a graduate class.”
Pinnix-Odrick added a thank you to Montclair (N.J.) head coach John Fiore for help along the way as he prepares for a final season at Rutgers.
“Coach Fiore really is the man,” Pinnix-Odrick said. “Coach Fiore came in my junior year and since then, I never forgot the first meeting we had when he came in. He was in a suit, it was a big deal. You want to talk about a group of young men that were so excited about the season … He's always looking out for us even to this day. He's checking in on us making sure we're good.”