Rutgers Coordinators Preview Indiana, Drew Mehringer Breaks Down Latest at Quarterback

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers coordinators Drew Mehringer and Jay Niemann examine the details of preparation for Indiana. What propelled Giovanni Rescigno's rise to the starting job? How healthy is Rutgers at linebacker after the bye week?

Rutgers offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer on taking deep shots...

“As an offensive guy and former quarterback, chucking it deep is awesome. Everybody, every quarterback and wideout, the first thing they [say] is 'hey coach we gotta throw the deep ball.' You look at us throughout the season, the big deal about throwing deep balls is you also have to come down with them. We didn't come down with some of them early. As you start getting into three-and-out scenarios, you've got to find ways to stay on the field. With Gio [Rescigno] in there, we completed a few deep balls down the field, which were good. It's going to continue to progress. He feels more and more comfortable every single day. It's something that we practice with those guys, we want to take our shots when we have them. The one to [Andre] Patton last week being a prime example. To be honest with you it was a very similar throw and catch to the one he had in Michigan. We came down with the one in Minnesota, just not the one in Michigan. We want to keep pushing the envelope. Any time you can run the ball and attack vertically, you're going to have a pretty good chance to be successful offensively.”

On Rescigno's development...

“He comes in on his own. He's generally either watched practice already and he's come back with some questions or he's sitting down with us as an offensive staff when he comes in there and takes notes while we're watching it too. He does a great job of getting himself prepared. He does a lot of extra. When he's got questions from watching it on his iPad, he texts them to me or calls me about them. He does a good job of preparing himself. From that standpoint, I really can't ask much more from him. He does a great job.”

Defensive coordinator Jay Niemann on preparing for Indiana...

“Depending on who the guy is back there, not only the quarterback but who the running back is also. [Tyler Natee] is behind center but he's got [Zander Diamont] as his running back and then [Diamon] is behind center and he's got [Devine] Redding as his running back and then [Richard Lagow] is behind center and he's got any one of them as his running back. There's a lot of different combinations back there. The good news is a lot of the run game is the same, it's just dealing with the different physical attributes of the people that are going to be running the ball.”

On getting healthy and rested at linebacker...

“It's important for everybody, and certainly those three needed to get off their feet a little bit and have a little less wear-and-tear. By the looks of practice today, they came back with a little bit more spring, and hopefully we can keep them fresh throughout the course of the week and ready to go on Saturday.”


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