True Freshman KJ Gray Steps Up in Rutgers Secondary

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- True freshman KJ Gray intercepted his first pass as a Rutgers safety Saturday in an expanded role against New Mexico. After a 37-28 victory, Gray spoke 1-on-1 with Scarlet Report about his role on defense and early playing time.

Rutgers freshman safety K.J. Gray on first-career interception...

"We just changed the coverage up because we knew they were going to chuck the ball down the field. I just got in the right position and made the pick. We go over that in practice every day. It just came naturally. ... It was just a big rush of excitement in my body. I'm even lost for words right now, but I'm just going to keep on working and stay focused. We've got that win, now it's on to the next one."

On mentality as a true freshman on the field...

"I just look to my guys Saquan HamptonKiy HesterAnthony Cioffi, everybody. They just push me through. Now I'm not a red-shirt. I just have to have that true freshman mentality. ... I look to [Hampton] for help because he plays my main position. He helps me every day. He talks to me before practice, during practice, after practice, in the film room. He talks to me telling me to write stuff down. All of that's paying off."

On how St. Peter's Prep prepared him for Rutgers...

"[Rich] Hansen is a no-nonsense coach, so the transition is really easy. It's always just a little notch higher because it's a new level. I just want to appreciate that and I'm ready."

On Ronnie James return as a linebacker...

"He moved to line backer now because [Najee] Clayton is gone but everybody else is making for good competition as well."

On building toward Iowa...

"[My interception] is already out of my head right now. We can always look back on it. That's one in the stat book and I'm trying to get many more."


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