Bye Week Rest Heats Up Rutgers Safeties Kiy Hester, Saquan Hampton

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers went with classmates Kiy Hester and Saquan Hampton at safety Saturday in the loss to Indiana. Showing signs of improvement after a restful bye week, the duo spoke with Scarlet Report about their performances heading into kickoff at Michigan State.

Rutgers sophomore Kiy Hester -- six tackles -- on returning from injury...

"It felt good just to be back out there with the guys, just practicing, just fighting with those guys on the field."

On an expanded role...

"The game plan was to get in there and get some series in and see how we do. We have a little rotation. [Anthony] Cioffi probably played in every game, every snap when me and [Saquan Hampton] were injuried. The whole thing is a rotation, but my number was called a lot. I just went in there and executed the game plan and played, try to play fast and physical."

On what he took away from the game...

"We're just cleaning up little details. The main thing coach [Chris] Ash stresses with us is details. We've just got to execute, play faster, play smarter."

On a seventh loss and bowl eligibility...

"I'm obviously disappointed for [the seniors] becase we want to send them out with a bowl and go to a bowl game. Right now, we just focus on every day and the next day. Just focus on winning the next game. That's the main thing right now."

On returning to strong safety...

"It worked well. Obviously, we're in the same grade so we've been playing a lot together. When we red-shirted, we played scout team. It felt normal. We both, all of us, communicate. I'm used to him. He's used to me. It just felt like nothing, just felt regular."

On staying involved during injury...

"I talk to the guys every day. I see them in class, meetings, everything. I was in their ear just telling those guys, 'when I get back.' I'm the type of guy that's going to encourage guys and just try to boost everyone up and try to keep everyone going."

Sophomore safety Saquan Hampton -- six tackles, TFL, INT -- on his interception...

"I saw the quarterback's eyes and I just broke on the route."

On playing with Hester...

"We all rotate in and out of practice, so we're all comfortable being in there at the same time. Whoever is in there, we're all good at the same time."

On settling in after the first quick touchdown...

"I think we settled in good. There were still some plays that we left out there that we could have made, but I think we all settled in there and played a tough game."

On Darnell Davis Jr.'s defensive touchdown...

"Enthusiasm is real high. It's just exciting to see d-linemen running for a touchdown."


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