WR Jay Harris: Baseball & Bloody Tuesdays

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- All in with Rutgers football after an impact spring on the baseball diamond, red-shirt freshman receiver Jay Harris spoke with Scout about the creation of "bloody Tuesdays" at practice and his quick transition to wide receiver from outfielder.

Rutgers receiver Jay Harris on transition to football...

I'm definitely further along than I thought I would be. The offense is starting to come a bit easier as the schemes are starting to get more in-depth depending on each team we play each week. I feel like I'm fairly along with the rest of the receivers, so I'm pretty happy about that.”

On if he would be farther along without devoting time to baseball...

I always wonder that but you can't really think about that. You've just got to go grind a little extra to get back the extra time that everyone else had.”

On how he stayed involved in spring...

During baseball I was going over plays making sure that when I came back, I knew the basics and the plays that we ran a lot. Now that we're getting a little more into it and we're running different plays, everyone is learning now depending on the schemes against other teams that we're playing.”

On talking to Chris Ash about baseball career...

He already knew the prior agreement that I had with coach Flood. When he came in, I talked with him and he said 'I'm going to agree with your prior engagement with coach Flood, just make sure you handle your business.' Do academics right and then you're an asset to the team over there.”

On relationship with Ash...

He's a great dude. I love him. He's all about business but when we get off the field, he's a great dude. He's very personable. … He wants to win. He's all about focus. He doesn't take anything that's not perfect. That's what we need here.”

On intensity of Tuesday practices...

We call it 'Bloody Tuesday,' so we've got a lot of good on good, a lot of banging, a lot of new stuff.”

On adjustments for the offense...

We've got to focus on the main things to win against Big Tenn teams, which coach Ash brought up today – run stopping, running the ball, being tough and physical, great field position and turnovers. We need to get all of those things done and we'll be able to win.”


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