Rutgers coach Chris Ash

Thursday Practice Report: Spring's Top Players for Rutgers Football

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Who are Rutgers football's spring standouts? Head coach Chris Ash breaks it down with the most important part of camp complete/

The Headline – The most-valuable reps in spring are behind the Rutgers football team, and coach Chris Ash took away plenty of positives.

Because of depth, Rutgers may not go live contact for next week's spring game, making Saturday's “fan appreciation” the final scrimmage portion of camp. What did Ash learn?

The Rutgers defense is seriously improved, and Ash was happy to break it down.

“Our corners, Isaiah (Wharton) and Bless Austin have had a great spring,” Ash said. “Last spring at this time, doing some of the new things we asked them to do, it wasn't such a pretty spring. They're playing and practicing at a really high level. Saquan Hampton is another guy who, I was kind of high on him last spring then he got hurt in the first game. He's playing really fast and at a high level so far in spring camp. He's a guy that we've got to keep healthy because he can make a difference for us. The secondary, I'm really pleased with what I've seen.”

Junior linebacker Deonte Roberts received the strongest public approval from Ash.

“I think right now, he's probably the most improved kid on the football team,” Ash said. “He's had an outstanding whole offseason and spring practice. I'm really happy with where he's at right now. He's really stood out out.”

Worth NotingKemoko Turay will be limited for the remainder of spring practice for precautionary reasons.

“He's done some things that are really impressive,” Ash said. “His effort has been outstanding. We've got to make sure we keep him fresh and keep him healthy, because he's got a history of injuries and we don't want to have a setback with him. He's been tremendous this spring.”

Quote of the Day – “(Giovanni Rescigno) improved his overall knowledge of the offense and knowledge of defensive identification. He's provided tremendous leadership for, not only that unit, but the offense. He's making better decisions. He's trying to protect the ball. He's not perfect but he's trying to protect the ball. Fundamentally, he's a lot better right now. His drops, his ball-handling, his run reads, all of that stuff is a lot better right now. He is our clear-cut No. 1 with where we're at after 10 practices.” – Ash.

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