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Shane Burnham Breaks Down Rutgers DL

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers defensive line coach Shane Burnham offers insight on the latest in the trenches. How does he feel about high expectations for the defensive line? Burnham discusses Darius Hamilton's limitations and those that benefited from extra time in Hamilton's place.

On the growth of the defensive line from the spring to now…

"It’s been good. I’ve been playing some of the older guys where we probably left off last spring, and some of the younger guys who needed to improve, I think we’ve seen that throughout the first week of practices, so I’m pleased. I’m not satisfied, but I’m pleased."

On how he handles the hype of the defensive line as the best unit on the team…

"I'm trying to hear the noise. Good or bad, we try to live in our bubble and I don’t pay attention to any of that, really … but they’ll come to work everyday, practice with a purpose, try to improve what we’re trying to improve on and stick to themselves. But I’ve got a great group of older guys that under great leadership — Darius [Hamilton], JPO (Julian Pinnix-Odrick), Quanzell [Lambert] — so I’ve got a group that’s been through it and they understand what it takes to have success and how to work. Hopefully, the young guys will follow up and follow that example."

On who benefits with Darius Hamilton limited in reps…

"Well, I'd say in particular, Jon Bateky. He's gotten more reps at three technique because Darius is not as great with his knee and trying to limit his reps. But Bateky’s taking advantage of that and looking at the depth chart coming out of spring, we didn’t think he was playing like he was capable of playing. He is now, so I’m real excited about how Bateky’s done. So that’s one guy that comes to mind at three technique that’s really taken advantage of solidifying his place on the depth chart."

On Sebastian Joseph at nose tackle in the new defense…

"He’s a good-looking kid and I’ll tell you what, you know what he needed to do coming out of spring, we challenged him to play at a more consistent pad level, inside hands. He has a tendency to spring outside the play wide with his hands and what we were doing schematically as a defense, technically as a defense, we asked him to change his footwork off the ball from what they were doing previous. That took some time and is still a work in progress, but what I see him do when he plays with that technique, when he gains ground off the ball, when he keeps those pads down, because he is a big dude, he plays with inside hands, he’s hard to move. I don’t know how much we’ll get out of Darius. How much we’ll get out of Sebastian in the pass game, as far as pass rush, we’ll see. But the run game, he should be a heck of a player because he is a stump and he’s a tough, strong kid and I’ve seen him continue to develop that technique."


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