Rutgers Coordinator Analysis: Drew Mehringer & Jay Niemann

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer and defensive coordinator Jay Niemann went in-depth on the transition to Howard game week. Discussion points include Janarion Grant as a weapon in the wildcat and the emergence of Kiy Hester at safety. What does Niemann think of the four-man pass rush?

Rutgers DC Jay Niemann

On Kiy Hester...

“I thought he played fabulous considering he had missed some training camp with an injury of his own and got back obviously in time to prepare for the game. For him to come in and play like he did, I was really proud of him and I thought he did a really nice job.”

On Darius Hamilton...

“I thought he played really well. We identified him as one of the guys we felt had played at a championship-caliber level of play. He did a very good job against a lot of the double teams and things like that with the added weight and strength that he's put on.”

On Tyreek Williams Playing...

“Just a lot of athleticism. He runs well. He changes direction well. For a young guy he's picking up on the game of football well at the college level and transitioning smoothly from high school, mature enough to handle the things that he's being asked to do.”

On pressure from the defensive line...

“It's tough on first and second down when you get play-action passes with a lot of maximum protection to generate a four-man rush there. That's always a problem unless you've got a fifth guy coming into the rush in some type of a blitz. Particularly on third down I thought we did a really nice job getting [Washington's quarterback] off of his point. We were nine out of 12 on third-down stops, which is a number going into the game any of us would have said we'd have been happy with. All in all I thought they did a good job, even in the four-man rush scenario.”

Rutgers OC Drew Mehringer

On Chris Laviano after watching the film...

"I think that he was up and down in his performance. I think that his performance has got to be more consistent. That's something that we've talked about with him. We got to do a better job protecting him as an offense and an offensive line. But he's got to do a better job of protecting the football, whether that's one interception he threw and reading the play the right way and taking care of the ball when he was out in the open field. So he's got to do a better job. Other than that, he didn't grade out poorly in terms of his assignments and his reads and stuff like (that). He did a nice job. It's just the ball security problem that we have as an entire offense and all 11 people."

On scouting Howard on film...

"We don't take any team lightly. I'm not trying to bring up old memories, but we've seen really good football teams lose to really good FCS teams in the past — the most famous one being in our conference. But no, so we treat it like every other — fill game plan. Some people ask if we look ahead — absolutely not. To avoid all kinds of disaster you can not only do that, you treat them as we're playing the Green Bay Packers this week."

On Janarion Grant in the wildcat formation...

"To be honest with you, that's the first time I've personally been involved in an in-depth wildcat-type package. And Janarion did a nice job with it. There's things that we can expand with it, whether it be formationally or scheme-wise. And maybe it's not all Janarion all the time. He was obviously very effective when we had the right formation and the right scheme ... but I think it'll change week to week to make sure we have the same numbers advantages that we had in the Washington game because every week is a little defensively different."

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