Scarlet Report TV: Aaron Henry & Shane Burnham Preview Rutgers at Washington

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Two key Rutgers assistants break down the final preparations for kickoff against Washington. Cornerbacks coach Aaron Henry and defensive line coach Shane Burnham discuss topics like Washington quarterback Jake Browning and Kemoko Turay's return to action.

Cornerbacks coach Aaron Henry

On Washington sophomore quarterback Jake Browning…

“He’s a very, very good quarterback, man, very accurate passer. Kid has some ability. Obviously, a freshman last year, coming into his sophomore season. I mean, I think he has tremendous upside. I think he’s only going to get better, obviously coming off the freshman campaign, man. I just hope this isn’t his coming out party. Really, really good player, man. He can throw the deep ball well — intermediate pass game is phenomenal. Got to respect his arm, man, got to respect his arm, especially as a DB myself — former DB, I should say. Big, big, big time arm.”

On advice to players who have not been on this stage yet…

“Embrace the moment. I think a lot of times, these young men try to get outside of what they’ve been coached to do and the big lights come on and … they try to do something that they wasn’t coached to do. You just keep them focused and allow them to go out there and just play fast, man. I think we’ll be totally, totally fine. But in games like this, first game of the season — anything’s possible. I mean, they did what they did last year, but they can come out in a whole new offense. Not saying that they would or wouldn’t, but it’s a lot of speculation. You don’t know what they’re going to do technically because it is the first game, but you try to get young men who haven’t played on this stage and who haven’t played college football to just try and go out there and do what they’ve been trained to do.”

On the return of Ronnie James at practice…

“Oh, it’s a great, great, great feeling. … Obviously he went through his injury stint, but it’s so, so great to have a young man with his kind of ability to be back in the room, to be learning the game. He’s actually with (defensive backs) coach (Bill) Busch and the safeties because I deal with the corners more importantly, but it’s just good seeing him back out there running around, man. It’s always great to see a young kid coming off an injury back out there running around.”

Defensive line coach Shane Burnham

On Kemoko Turay…

“He’s still not full-go yet. We’re going back into full contact. He was limited from contact from the start of camp, so he’s in my indi and that’s about the extent that he got from individual drills. Now, just recently, we’ve gotten him back into full contact stuff. He’s still protective in that green jersey, but trying to get him comfortable and test the limits of it. He’s been clear for that, but we’re not just trying to throw him back that way immediately. But I was walking up the field talking to (running backs) coach (Zak) Kuhr and he was like, ‘Hey, man, you’ve got a great look today. You’ve got fresh legs.’ Of course, because he hadn’t gone through the grind, but sounds like he had a good day on scout there in third-down situations. That’s good to hear.”

On Myles Nash…

“Yeah, I want him to be able to get two nickels for him back when I first got here in the winter, in the spring, even when I first got here, just to compete the way we wanted. But the thing that’s been impressive about Myles is — by week three of spring ball, through the summer and into camp, what he’s shown is just that pass rush. Just being relentless. He just plays hard, plays with a great motor. Doesn’t necessarily maybe possess the best skillset as some of the guys, but he just plays hard and he’s been assignment sound, so I can trust him, which is always big there for us. But I think he does give us a little speed off the edge and certainly, I think he’s better in the throw game than he is the run game right now. But he just has shown up and he’s made great plays, he’s been productive in scrimmages and practices where he’s made plays, shown up in those pass-rush situations.”

On Jon Bateky…

“Consistent improvement. He’s a guy that — I might mix this coming out of spring ball — didn’t think he was playing to what he was capable of playing to match his skillset. I’ve seen that this fall. He’s gained weight. He’s about 290 pounds. He’s really natural with his hands. He can get things off his face. … Again, kind of like Myles, we go with this pre-practice warm-ups and they sprint and they kind of race each other and he wins everyday. … He’s that kind of kid. He doesn’t say much — he doesn’t say anything at all — but he shows up and works. And I don’t expect him to be All-Big Ten or anything like that, but he’s a backup (to) Darius (Hamilton), provides quality reps for us. I’m really comfortable at any time turning around and saying, ‘Hey, Jon, get in there.’ So it just gives me a high level of trust where I can put him in and there won’t be a big drop off between he and my one. All we try to do is build depth here and he gives us really consistent, solid depth at d-tackle.”


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