Rutgers Coordinators Jay Niemann, Drew Mehringer Prepare for Ohio State

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- How does Rutgers replace Quanzell Lambert and Janarion Grant? What can Rutgers do against JT Barrett after the Ohio State quarterback steamrolled it for the last two years? What does Urban Meyer mean to Drew Mehringer. We hear from the Rutgers coordinators.

Defensive coordinator Jay Niemann on JT Barrett...

"He obviously must be a really good leader for them. That's probably where it starts, just knowing how most quarterback-intensive offensive systems are. He's a very accurate passer. He seemed very poised and can make things happen with his feet or he can just stand back there and set up in the pocket and throw. He's very accurate on all of his throws -- short, intermediate, deep. He's also a very, very accomplished  runner as you guys know. They're going to run the quarterback in that system. They're very elusive and big and strong and powerful and effective at what he does."

On replacing Quanzell Lambert...

"Darnell [Davis] has played well. He's had quite a few snaps under his belt and you're never as good without a guy as you are with a guy so we hate to see Q not being able to play. He had gotten off to a really good start, but Darnell has played well and now he's going to play well more often. ... Yesterday's practice was pretty light. On Sundays we don't generally go out for very long and we're pretty limited with what we do. We spend a lot more time, actually, in the passing game and the pass rush. ...We'll have a lot better answers to those questions as we get deeper into the week in all honesty."

Offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer on relationship with Urban Meyer...

"I had the pleasure and the privilege of having a lot of interaction with coach Meyer. He's very involved. He's involved in not only the assistant coaches lives but the GAs (graduate assistants) as well in terms of coaching them and developing them. You're mandated and forced to develop as a coach. If you're not then what value to you really bring to his program? A tremendous value from spending time with him and listening to the way that he coaches and the way that he prepares, the intensity that he brings to the every-day process of college football, the every-day process of getting coaches and getting players to compete and perform at their highest level and reaching their genetic potential. My experience around him has been invaluable and I think that [Houston] coach [Tom] Herman would say the same thing about his time there as well. I've had the luxury, I think, of being around some of the best that are currently in college football and I don't know that money could buy better experience."

On Ohio State's defense return yardage on turnovers...

"First thing's first, this goes back to the third-and-extra-long question. What's your best plan for third-and-extra-long? It's not be in that situation. Every team, turnovers are inevitable and you do your best to avoid them whether that's coaching ball security with the guys running the football or catching the football or the quarterback obviously just simply don't throw to the other team. In any of those situations, everybody has to know what to do in the event, even when a ball gets tipped up in the air for whatever reason. It's probably going to happen, so you have to be prepared. We don't prepare for it like, 'hey guys when we turn the ball over this week, let's go make sure we get a tackle.' That's not a conversation that we have."

On replacing Janarion Grant...

"Obviously it hurts, not only from just a schematic standpoint that your most dynamic playmaker is out for the season but like I've said a few times, that kid was an emotional leader for our offense. He was a phenomenal kid and a phenomenal competitor. I can't say enough great things about Janarion Grant outside the fact that he's a great football player, receiver and returner. When we had our offensive unit meeting yesterday, we talked about it and was like, that production doesn't just disappear. It doesn't mean that all of a sudden, the offense goes from however many yards per game subtract Janarion Grant's impact. For you guys, Jawuan Harris, Carlton Agudosi, Andre Patton, Vance Matthews, have got to step into that role. As a game-planner, as an offensive staff, we have to do a good job of putting those guys in different positions now to be able to fill the void that Janarion is leaving there in our offense."


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