Q&A: Tiquan Underwood

Rutgers rising junior WR discusses his returning from injury, the Rutgers WR corp, and expectations for the 2007 season.

Q: Rutgers has sold over 25,000 season tickets, has a waiting list for season tickets, and will likely have a soldout for every home game. Over 11,000 people attended the Spring Game, this was a Rutgers record. What are your feelings on the turnout for the Spring Game and the game itself?

It was a nice turnout and crowd. Although we didn’t play up to our expectations, we did all right.

Q: During the West Virginia Game, you broke a bone in your foot which did not require surgery. How have you recovered from the injury?

I am not experiencing any pain and I'm feeling 100%. I just need to get stronger. It is not even a thought anymore.

Q: How do you feel about the receiving crew?

Oh man. We have a tremendous amount of talent. We are young and it's just going to be competitive in the summer to see who gets playing time. But, we just feed off each other and try to make the plays we need to make.

Q: The graduation of Brian Leonard and Rameel Meekins resulted in a loss of some leadership. How do you feel about the leadership on the team? Obviously, Eric Foster was a big leader last year, who else have you seen step into those roles?

Obviously, Eric Foster and Mike Teel are the top two right now, but more people are starting to get vocal. You’ve got Ray Rice, who leads through his actions. But he has been more vocal lately. Another person is Jeremy Zuttah, he anchors the offensive line. He has taken it upon himself to talk more to the younger guys. But, overall, we have some good leaders on this team and we are going to go where they take us.

Q: The offense appears to be placing more of a focus on passing the ball. Are you expecting to be thrown to more this season? Is the team expecting the WRs to open up the run game?

Absolutely, we have to step it up to compliment our great running game. We want to be balanced so that’s what we are going to try to work on during the summer. We are planning on carrying that over to the fall so defense won’t know how to play us.

Q: The 2006 season was a productive one. Since you were coming off of an injury, how do you feel about your performance in the spring?

Overall, it was pretty good. I didn’t have a lot of mistakes or dropped balls. That’s all you can ask for. I just try to go in every day, do my job, and leave it out there.

Q: Do you have any goals for next season?

Just get better every day and stay consistent

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