The Headline – The Rutgers defensive secondary expects an attack from Michigan State Saturday, and feels ready despite a rough showing against Indiana.
Rutgers devoted extra practice time this week to the deep ball, and defensive backs coach Bill Busch liked the results.
“There's always things you can work on in practice to be able to [defend that],” Busch said. “We have drill work to be able to do that. Sometimes, right there, it's just about being competitive and getting the ball out. Sometimes, a few of the balls I thought they threw them really well.”
Look for three-man safety rotation again Saturday between Saquan Hampton, Anthony Cioffi and Kiy Hester.
“It helps a bunch,” Busch said. “Kiy came in for us and played really well in the game. I was really happy with his production. To have him back and ready to go really helps us a bunch. I was really excited about him. He has such a high football IQ, so it makes things easy when he gets in there. There's never any sort of concerns like that. KJ Gray is making a lot of progress. He had a huge fumble recovery on the kickoff, so I anticipate he'll do a lot of good things for us also.”
Worth Noting – Junior Ross Douglas remains involved at both cornerback and safety after a limited amount of work at linebacker over the last two weeks.
“We have some hybrid situations we put him in like that,” Busch said. “In essence, he's playing more of the nickel position than anything.”
Quote of the Day – “One time they threw the ball 50 yards like through a paper plate. That's hard to do, but they did it at times. It's still our job to be able to get those balls out in those situations.” – Busch on defense against Indiana.