Captain's Take: Rutgers DE Julian Pinnix-Odrick

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- From rushing the passer to a bounce-back week after the blowout loss to Washington, Rutgers captain Julian Pinnix-Odrick gives his detailed take on the last week for the Scarlet Knights.

Senior captain defensive end Julian Pinnix-Odrick on responding to a loss...

I don't think anybody is really wavering. Guys are used to adversity, especially around here. You go to Rutgers, you're used to adversity. At the same time, we're not going to dwell on it. I think that we learned a lot from our first game. I'm actually really optimistic about the things that we're learning from that game and the mistakes that we made and the great things that we actually did do from that game.”

On pressuring the quarterback from the front four...

We can't possible be [satisfied] but at the same time, that's on us to take more chances and do what we do. Let it all hang loose on Saturdays. As a D-lineman we have to do a lot better at that, that's something that we're working on is really playing our game. Make sure we get back to having fun and taking our chances to do what we can do.”

On Darius Hamilton's return...

He's out on the field doing his thing running around. It's definitely a good feeling. It's good to have your leaders out there, your captains out there on the field. He has the same attitude as the rest of us. We've got to get back to work. We've got to get back to business.”

On graduate school...

I started my classes in the summer but I do start my semester [Tuesday]. I've got three this semester, so we'll find out what that brings us.”

On advice to new student athletes...

If I had to give advice to a freshman, you have to take responsibility for your academics, being on time for football, being tired. Everyone's tired,” said team captain. Doing things that you may not want to do that people are asking you to do and not complaining all the time. Sometimes you complain and, whatever, you have to get stuff off your chest, but nobody cares. That's the thing. That's what you learn as we grow up in this world. Not many people care. If you have something to do, you've got to get it done.”


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