Special Teams Breakdown with Rutgers Coordinator Vince Okruch

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Special teams coordinator and tight ends coach Vince Okruch spoke at the end of camp about progress in both areas. Okruch breaks down starters and standouts on special teams and freshmen that could see time in the return game and at tight end.

Rutgers special teams coordinator Vince Okruch on punter Michael Cintron...

“Michael Cintron, hands down, had a great spring. He worked incredibly hard over the summer. He will be our starting punter. He's done a great job in fall camp. I'm really proud of Michael because, in the spring, there were some areas he needed to improve in. We challenged him to do that and he did a great job. He will be our starting punter.”

On Janarion Grant as a return man...

“I think Janarion is a huge asset for us. He's a great weapon. I was teasing him a couple of weeks ago, for the last two years when I was in Columbus – Thursday and Friday, not a lot of sleep because you don't know what he's going to do. He's that explosive and that dynamic. I think this offseason, he's gained some weight, he's gained some strength. He's gotten even faster. He's a dynamic player, and he'll allow us to change the field position quickly. … He's an extremely competitive young man and he gets frustrated when people don't kick the ball to him. You just have to tell him, really it's a compliment. We've got to do things scheme-wise where maybe we go to a different look so they have to kick to him.”

On a freshman special teams standout...

"Dacoven Bailey has done a great job. He'll be on a couple of units for us. I'd say right now out of the freshman class, he's the one that's been the most impressive.”

On Alan Lucy as long snapper...

“To me, it's more mental. It's more psychological. When he's out here snapping and there's no pressure, he's outstanding. You put him in a game situation or a practice situation, we're still growing in that area but he's gotten better. He's grown up a little bit too, which has helped him a lot.”

On tight ends in the spread...

“Outside of the quarterback position, the tight end position is the one that is the most varied. They line up in a multitude of places. They're in motion. They're pass catchers. They're blockers. They do a lot of different things in this offense. They have to have a high football IQ to be successful in this offense.”

On Nakia Griffin...

“The challenge this fall is bringing Nakia Griffin along, so we have a solid No. 3 at the tight end position. He's done a great job. I don't think he's quite ready yet but we're going to keep working and hopefully it's not too far in the future, but he's done a great job. He's gotten bigger and stronger through coach [Kenny] Parker's offseason deal. It's given him more confidence. He didn't have a lot a year ago in the spring. He was a rookie. We're force-feeding him a lot of reps. He's getting better slowly but surely.”


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