Chris Ash at Big Ten Media Day -- Quarterbacks and Facilities

CHICAGO -- Watch coach Chris Ash candidly discuss the impact of Zach Allen's arrival on an undecided quarterback battle and the latest on facility changes.

Coach Chris Ash on Rutgers culture...

Did I dive in and try to do some research? Yeah, I did. I'm confident enough in our plan and the way we're going to do business so that we can create the type of culture that we want. I wasn't worried about looking back. I knew we had to get a buy in from the players. I knew how we were going to do it and I think that we've been able to do it in a short time. … What's happened in the locker room with the players in the past, that doesn't have to be in place. I knew we have a structured system. We have a system of accountability. We have a system of discipline. It was going to take some time to get it where we wanted to get to get to but we're working closer to that. The things that happened in the past are gone. We keep moving forward.”

On balancing lessons from Urban Meyer with being an individual...

I did have a very successful experience for my two years at Ohio State. I can't thank coach Meyer and the rest of the players enough for the opportunity I was givven and the opportunity I was given to come to Rutgers because of that experience. He's not the only coach that I've coached under. I've coached under a lot of other, what I would consider, great coaches. I take bits and pieces from all of them. What I found at the end of the day is to take the advice of be your own man. Believe in what you believe in. The good thing is, of all the coaches I worked for, a lot of them believe in the same things. Urban was probably just at a different level because of the years of experience that he had. He knows it probably a little bit better than everybody else does because of those years. … The trial and errors happened as an assistant coach along my journey. I took a great notes. I think I learned a lot of how to do things good and bad through that journey. I think because of that experience, that exposure, it's helped me build a plan that I feel really confident about.”

On Lessons from Past Coaches...

It starts with the people that you surround yourself with. Coaches and players and support staff with character, guys that care about others. Guys that are confident in their job and their ability. You want to surround yourself with the right people. That's one thing that was common with all of the coaches that I've been around. And recruiting. Urban recruits at a really high level. At the end of the day, we want to bring the same type. Everybody wants talented players. You want players with high character. You want players with great work ethic, guys that have competitive spirit, will buy into what you want to do. Offensive and defensively we want a physical football team. Whether you're a spread or a pro style like we were at Wisconsin, you want to run the ball and have a physical offensive and defensive line.”

On TCU graduate transfer Zach Allen...

He comes in with an even opportunity. He's at the same level as the other guys right now. That was why we brought him in. We didn't bring in a grad transfer to be third on the depth chart. We want to give him every opportunity to go out and win the starting job just like the other guys.”

On what Zach Allen brings to the quarterback room...

He's brought competition. He's a guy that comes from a very good program in TCU. Although he hasn't played a lot of quarterback because he was sitting behind some pretty good ones there, he's mature. He's intelligent. He's a competitor. He forces those other guys in the room to do the same thing. It has changed behavior. It's increased performance so far without getting out on the field. In terms of what they've done in the in the weight room and in the workouts this summer, he's done exactly what we wanted him to do by bringing him in. We'll go out and put on the helmets and shoulder pads and throw the balls out and we'll see what happens then. But we have created competition in a room that needed competition. We've made individuals uncomfortable that need to be made uncomfortable. They've all responded in the right way.”

On multiples quarterbacks...

There's always that chance. We're going to do whatever we need to do to have a chance to be successful. If that's a one-quarterback or two-quarterback system, we'll decide that as we go through training camp. Ultimately, I'd love to have a one-quarterback system but at the end of the day our job is to put people out there that help us move the ball and score points. We'll do that with a quarterback system somehow some way.”

Timetable for naming a quarterback...

No there's no timetable. Obviously the earlier we can do it the better so you can create some consistency at the quarterback position with the rest of the offense. If it takes us two weeks or three weeks, that's what it takes. We're going to try to do everything we can to put them in position to show what they can do early on in training camp to try to separate themselves.”

On moving training camp to Livingston Campus...

You look at our fields, I don't want us to practice on turf fields every day. It's not good for the body. Our grass football fields were not in great shape. We needed to get them fixed and repaired. So we're trying to do some maintenance work to them. In training camp, if you go on grass you're going to tear it up and you've got nothing left for the rest of the season. We wanted to move to a different environment for their bodies, for the safety and care of the current fields that we have. Then we'll move back over, hopefully our practices fields are in great shape and they're ready to roll. … We'll bus them back and forth. We're only going over there to practice. We'll get on a bus in the Hale Center, we'll go over to practice, we'll practice and we'll come back on the bus. Business as usual. Only difference is we're getting on a bus to the practice field instead of walking. It's a little bit different than what they've done but that's stuff that I've done at other places.”

On weight room renovations...

We hope to be [ready for training camp]. We hope to put the final touches on our weight room in the next week or two. Hopefully by the time, we start practice on Aug. 8 it will be ready to go. It's making a huge impact in recruiting right now – 45-pound weights are 45-pound weights whether it's in a really nice weight room or in a dungeon like we're in right now. It does have an impact in recruiting knowing that they can go and work out in a top-notch facility.”

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