Freshman Dacoven Bailey Becomes Three-Way Player for Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- True freshman Dacoven Bailey joined the Rutgers ranks of players like Mohamed Sanu, Josh Hicks, Justin Goodwin and Edmond Laryea as a three-way player. The slotback and special teams weapon lined up as a cornerback against New Mexico and could do the same Saturday against Iowa.

Rutgers freshman Dacoven Bailey on cornerback reps...

"When I was getting recruited, they said get ready to play defense and offense. I had that in my mind that I could play both but I didn't expect it would be this early in the season. I just accepted the challenge and went out and did my best. ... I'm not sure what it was. I just know one of our cornerbacks went down last week and they needed speed and somebody else over there. They saw that I wasn't playing as much offense because my thumb was broken, so I might  as well just come over and play defense."

On track speed in high school...

"My official 100 time was a 10.7. My 200 time was a 21.8. ... Track is completely different. Football is quick speed. In track, you have time to build up. In football, it's just quick."

On early playing time...

"The coaches said hard work pays off. I just kept working hard throughout camp and throughout practices. That's why I'm playing."

On learning from Janarion Grant...

"He can teach me a lot. I need to learn how to catch punts because I'm struggling with that. Just watching him moves, I just try to take that in and practice it."

On Iowa game preparations...

"Just make big plays and do what the coaches are teaching me in practice. Just go out there and go 100 percent and have fun."

On downing a punt at the 1-yard line...

"I wasn't supposed to be in because Larry [Stevens] got hurt but my name was called. We just practice low drives, so I just low drive and I made a play on it. I thought Jawuan [Harris] was going to make the play but he tipped it and I happened to be there at the right time."


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