Freshman Cornerback Damon Hayes Shines in Rutgers Debut

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- True freshman Damon Hayes stepped in at cornerback after an early injury to Ross Douglas and he finished Saturday as one of Rutgers' impact playmakers in his college debut.

Rutgers true freshman cornerback Damon Hayes on his college debut...

"It was exciting. I was a little nervous my first play but my teammates, they rallied around me. After my first tackle, I was just zoned in just like high school."

On pre-game nerves...

"[I was] just anxious. I was going to be playing Big Ten football. Division one football is way different from high school. I was a little scared with what might happen."

On grading his performance...

"I think I did pretty well. I have to improve some stuff but that's everybody. I think I played good for my first game. ... [I did well] tackling and I think I did a good job in coverage too."

On game flow...

"My coach drills us in practice all week, so when the game comes it's easy. On that first play, I knew where I was going and I was just flying to the ball."

On halftime...

"It was a little shaky but we're a brotherhood. We grind together. We know at the end of the day, we've got each other's back and what happens happens. ... I was  just listening  to my coach. You can't break down. I'm a smart guy, so I know if we break down, you start to panic on the field. I just listened to my teammates and my coaches and my assignments. Everybody did the same thing."

On the first win for coach Chris Ash...

"It's great. We put a lot of hard work in it all offseason. Everybody knows we're a good team. After today, I think we needed that boost for the rest of the season."


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