Tuesday Practice Report: Special Teams Changes, Okruch Returns to Ohio State

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers special teams coordinator Vince Okruch is the man tasked with a return game sans Janarion Grant. He spoke to Scarlet Report about his options, a tweak in the kickoff game and a return to Ohio State.

The Headline – Changes continue on special teams for Rutgers, and the latest comes in the return game after a season-ending injury to Janarion Grant.

Grant is one of the best return men in Rutgers history, and the replacement search continues.

“The common phrase is the next man up,” said special teams coordinator Vince Okruch. “There's not a lot of Janarions in the world but we'll get the next guy ready to go. It's not a wholesale change. The program, the package, the scheme is what it is. We just take the next guy and plug him in. I say that with a great deal of respect for Janarion's talent.”

Jawuan Harris and Justin Goodwin worked in kick return after Grant's injury. Harris and wide receiver John Tsimis returned punts in Tuesday's practice.

“We're still deciding,” Okruch said. “What's today, Tuesday? We've got a lot of time to figure that out.”

Okruch is one of six Rutgers coaches with experience on the Ohio State staff under Urban Meyer.

“I'm sure it will be a little emotional at times but this ain't about me,” Okruch said. “This is about this team and rebuilding this program. It will be good to see those guys again, but obviously we're going in there with one goal in mind and that's find a way to win the football game.”

Worth Noting – True freshman quarterback Tylin Oden took more reps today with the first team, including a pass attempt in 11-on-11 drills.

Quote of the Day – “The field is the same size there. That's the crazy thing. It's 100 yards long. The end zones are 10 yards, it's 53 yards wide. Really, that's what I'm telling them. If you can't block all of that other stuff out, you can't play major college football. And [David Bonagura] will block it out.” – Okruch on kicking in Ohio Stadium.

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