Trevor Morris Competes Through Pain at OLB

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Linebacker Trevor Morris played a heavy workload despite injury concerns for Rutgers in the 14-7 loss against Iowa. The developing outside linebacker spoke after the loss about where he is improving and his injury.

Rutgers weakside linebacker Trevor Morris on defensive performance...

"I think the defense played alright, we just need to do better and keep grinding. At the end of the day, the score didn’t reflect the effort, but we need to turn around and keep kicking up.”

On the end of the game...

"It's a good offense being run over there and we just didn't execute on that specific play. We've just got to fix that and get ready for next week."

On plays that got away...

"It hurts but it's something you've got to bounce back from. It's like a boxing match. You take blows and you throw punches. At the end of the day, it's who gets that last knockout, who gets that last punch. Today we didn't really get that. They're a really well-coached team but we're also very well coached. We just have to bounce back."

On third down improvements...

"That's the money down. We've got to get them off the field and start to get the ball back to the offense and try to make something happen."

On if he knows the defense well...

"I'm telling coach [Chris] Ash, coach [Jay] Niemann, they really helped me out. They got me in the film room. They got me going. Even when we're walking and talking, they got me going over stuff. It's helped me to become a better, traditional linebacker, especially playing in the Big Ten."

On playing through foot injury...

"I felt good. We've got a new head guy in the training room, so he was getting me right. I was in here two hours before everything started just getting my foot right, getting everything ready for this game."


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