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Chris Ash Promotes Blazek to Assistant Head Coach, Discusses Other Staff Changes

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Coach Chris Ash announced the promotions of offensive line coach AJ Blazek and defensive backs coach Bill Busch. With their new responsibilities, what changes on the staff? Ash discussed the new look of the coaching staff and more in his press conference.

One year after coach Chris Ash pieced together his initial Rutgers staff, he revealed wrinkles for the start of the spring camp.

Ash announced a pair of promotions with new titles for offensive line coach AJ Blazek and defensive backs coach Bill Busch.

Blazek earned the title of assistant head coach and Busch joins Jay Niemann as co-defensive coordinator.

“AJ does a great job for our program,” Ash said. “He’s tremendous with the players. He’s great out in public with, whether it be high school coaches, fans, donors, whoever it may be that come across AJ. AJ is high energy, very intelligent, cares about people, does a great job of our program as a guy that I lean on a lot to help on day-to-day things here that are building, also doing things externally on the outside.”

Among other areas, Blazek instantly became a key recruiter in his first year with the Scarlet Knights. Look no further than the early-enrollee additions of Micah Clark, Jamaal Beaty and Sam Vretman.

“This is just showing that you’ve got to find out what’s going on inside our program,” Blazek said before National Signing Day. “Kids are staying. Good players are staying. You’re always going to lose a couple. What is it 68 kids from New Jersey are committed? You’re going to lose kids. But the guys that are seeing what’s going on inside are spending time with our players.”

Busch joins Niemann as the co-coordinator of the defense. Busch played an important role in the development of a young secondary that brings back experience and improvement for Rutgers in 2017.

“I think Bill does a great job with our program, and it’s well deserved,” Ash said. “Jay is our D-coordinator and will call the defense and organize as a defense, but Bill Busch will be heavily relied on to continue to do what he’s done. I thought he did a great job with our secondary a year ago, and it’s a well-deserved promotion.”


Ash added more announcements in the form of injury updates with junior tight end George Behr and sophomore cornerback Jarius Adams.

“George Behr will be going on medical scholarship,” Ash said. “George has battled injuries on and off throughout his career here at Rutgers. Jarius Adams is another one that you won’t see out there, that is battling some things from all the way back to early training camp in the middle of last season.”

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