SOR: Playing your HS football in Bergen County, at St Joes of Montvale, the two of you decided on Rutgers. In regard to Jason, I remember you making the tough decision and choosing Rutgers over other schools. When you return to Northern NJ, and even your home town in NY, what kind of response do you get from the community now for playing at Rutgers?
Jason: It is great. We have family members, friends, other people within the community
say to us hey, we say you on TV. The responses that we get are extremely
positive. The best thing is that we can become role models and encourage young
kids to follow the paths that we have followed, to make good decisions. We just
tell kids to stay focused, determined and pursue their dreams, and you can tell
that they listen to us seriously because of our success.
Devin: The people back home have been extremely encouraging. It is great to be
close to home because the community follows your career that much more. But mostly
it is great in talking to the kids and realizing that they look up to you. Theyll
ask me if some day I could help them get in to Rutgers, which is great.
SOR: Talk a little bit about how you have matured in the program.
Jason: I have grown as a player and person by light years in this program. Coach
Demo and Schiano are great teachers. Ill go back and look at film and see
the drastic improvements I have made since my freshman year. I am a much more
physical player now. My technique has really improved. I owe it all to the plans
they have personally laid out for me.
Devin: This program has consisted of guys that listen and work hard. You look
at the other three CBs that we had last year: Manny, Joe and Robie. All
listened to Coach Demo and Schiano. They prepared hard. They followed their methods.
And the next thing you now all three are in the league now. I think this is a
program that has a great, organized system to prepare you for the next level.
I personally have learned from those former players. And their preparation has
impacted me. In terms of the coaches, I have tried to do everything they have
asked me to do, and now I am in a position to do some positive things.
SOR: Devin, how has the move to CB been for you?
Devin: It has been a good move. Last year we had a few injuries, and Coach Demo
would have me practice at the position some. Then this spring, they pushed me
hard and I have improved. Now it feels natural. It has been a good move and a
place where I can really help this team.
SOR: For Devin, coming in to camp, the CBs were a question mark. But you
guys have played superb thus far. Talk about your preparation and development
as a unit in this camp.
Devin: We are the upperclassmen so we have needed to take a leadership role for
the good of this team. We also have some young guys that can play. They have talent
and can play here. They just need the reps. They need to get up to speed, because
they are going to play for us.
SOR: For Jason, what is it like having to cover guys like Britt, Underwood and
Brown? How has it improved your game?
This summer, we have been going up against those guys everyday. They work extremely
hard, and thus it pushes us to work just as hard. Those three guys are as good
as it gets out there. But uniquely enough, they all offer different skills. Britt
tries to muscle you around. Ti (Underwood) tries to finesse you. Timmy (Brown)
will blow by you. So it lets you develop multiple aspects of the game.
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