Monday Practice Report: Replacing Greg Jones

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Down another starting senior for the season, Rutgers coach Chris Ash looks ahead to Illinois after the 78-0 loss to Michigan.

The Headline – Rutgers coach Chris Ash opened another press conference with a farewell to a senior.

This time, Ash thanked and praised linebacker Greg Jones, whose football career is over after the injury two weeks ago against Ohio State. Jones came as a walk-on after multiple stops at lower level. He moved from running back to corner to safety before he beat Najee Clayton for the starting strongside linebacker position.

“It was a doctor recommended decision,” Ash said. “He had a couple of opinions and both were the same. It's what's best for Greg. Greg's an outstanding young man. Came here as a walk-on. Earned a scholarship after training camp was over, earned a starting position as a linebacker.”

Jones stood with the team Saturday in the loss to Michigan and remains a part of the program this year.

“[I am] happy to be able to have a relationship with Greg, but sad that his football career is over, but it's what's best for him and his future at this moment,” Ash said.

Freshman Tyreek Williams remains the replacement at linebacker with Ronnie James as his backup.

Worth Noting – Rutgers defensive backs coach Bill Busch worked closely with Josh Hicks at safety after last weeks position change.

That's not a position that you can just jump into and start playing,” said defensive coordinator Jay Niemann. “You have to have a learning base to begin to operate from. That will be an ongoing deal that we just have to work on week by week as we go with Josh.”

Quote of the Day – “When your best player leaves, there's always a big adjustment.” – Drew Mehringer on losing Janarion Grant.

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