Rutgers Coordinator Speak: New Mexico Week with Jay Niemann, Drew Mehringer

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Scarlet Report takes you inside the press conferences where Rutgers coordinators discuss the triple option, true freshmen at safety, Chris Laviano and long-term plans for Tylin Oden at quarterback.

Rutgers Defensive Coordinator Jay Niemann on New Mexico's Unique Offense...

“They're a triple option team but they're also committed enough to throwing the football that they do a good job with it and can do it when they need to as well as probably when they want to. It's a better passing attack than what you see with a traditional wishbone kind of an offense. It's a more diverse run game. They have a very diverse run game. Getting stretched in the passing game and the running game makes it tough to defend.”

On Depth at Safety After Saquan Hampton Injury...

“[Ronnie James] has got a lot of rust to knock off because it's been a while since he's been in the lineup, so I can't say there. As far as Larry [Stevens] and KJ [Gray], they're just getting their feet wet and learning the position and doing a good job of it. We try to get them reps as we go, practice reps. Fortunately we were able to get them some game reps. I think they're doing nice jobs. They've just got to continue to progress.”

On Rutgers Experience Against Triple Option...

“I'm not sure how many of the guys that are in our lineup have actually played in those games, probably not very many of them to be honest with you have game experience against those kind of teams. The program has that experience but the 11 guys out there wearing the helmets on the defensive side of the ball, I'm not sure how many guys have had that experience.”

Rutgers Offensive Coordinator Drew Mehringer on Chris Laviano...

"What I saw on game day — his performance was okay, not great. I still stand by that. I think he can play a lot better. There's some things that I think we can cleanup technique wise in the discipline of where his eyes are, making the right reads and I think, maybe for him, it was a technique problem. Not a huge fix, but one that has to happen for him and for our football team."

On the plan for Tylin Oden going forward...

"We haven't had that conversation yet. I'm sure it'll be at some point later this (Monday) afternoon, we got a staff meeting later. So I know that conversation's probably going to come up. If it does — or when it does, I should say — it'll be addressed at that point. But we haven't had the discussion about it so far."

On Zach Allen...

"I think he's right there in the mix. I think we kind of know what Zach can and cannot do ... I think Zach's been in college football games before, he's been in big college football games before. So (we) kind of knew what we were going to get from Zach, so I think he's right there. He's kind of I think along the same boat right now as Tylin in terms of he's got to develop in the passing game a little bit, but a great kid and a great leader. So I think the future for (Allen) is still very bright. There's just a little bit more development that has to happen for him."

On the potential of moving Allen to wide receiver...

"As of right now, no. I don't know what the circumstance behind him moving to receiver when you look at some of the other guys they had at TCU ... but I think it's probably attributed more to the fact that Zach wants him to play and is a competitor in everything that he does. So if you went back and asked him, it was because he was like, 'Well, Trevone Boykin is going to be here. What can I do to get on the field?' He did everything. He was their holder even last year. So for him, I don't think it's a possibility so much that he's going to move to wide out anytime soon. I think it's, for him, just a matter of development."


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