Jamaal Westerman is coming off a season where he was All-Big East second team and
was picked as a Preseason All-Big East performer as well this year.
A strong front seven has helped Rutgers hold opponents to under 10 points a
game this season on average. Players like defensive tackle Eric Foster, linebacker
Damaso Munoz, linebacker Brandon Renkart, and Westerman have all helped make
plays behind the line of scrimmage.
I don't really think that much (importance of being a playmaker), it's about
making your play when it comes to you," Westerman said. "Our defense
is like a puzzle, every one fits in, everyone has a piece."
Westerman is focusing on this team concept and is one of the many members of
the team that cannot go an interview without mentioning chopping away and being
1/11th. He is also a key reason that Rutgers Head Coach Greg Schiano's defense
is successful. Westerman provides a strong pass rusher from the end that can
put a lot of pressure on the quarterback to get rid of the ball early, if not
Listed as 6-3 and 260 pounds, Westerman moves well on the field and is instrumental
in providing pressure.
"On defense you're never really satisfied," Westerman said. "I'm
just trying to get better everyday and practice. This is a good week to work
With a bye week, Westerman and the rest of the defense has a chance to get
prepared for the tougher opponents that lay ahead on the schedule. The next
opponent for Rutgers will be Maryland on Sept. 29.
Westerman was born in Brooklyn, moved to Fort Lauderdale and then eventually finished his final three years of high school in Ontario.
With his diverse living situation, Westerman enjoys visiting people and seeing
"I like hanging out with guys on the team," Westerman said. "I like going to the beach, going to different cities that other guys come from, while having a good time and hanging out like family."
Being born in New York, Westerman's favorite city to visit is the Big Apple.
"I love going to New York," Westerman said. "They have nice places down there, nice sites to walk around and go shopping."
The New York native has developed that close relationship with his family and emphasized the family relationship he has with his teammates. His family has been the backbone of Rutgers football and will be very important if the Scarlet Knights are going to beat high scoring teams like Louisville and West Virginia.
Coming off a 30 tackle and eight sack season last year, Scarlet Knight fans
will have high expectations for the junior defensive end, but Westerman only
worries about the plays he has in front of him.
"Out whole defense, 1/11th, trying to be where we are supposed to be, when we are supposed to be there," Westerman said. "Hopefully the ball or the play will come to us. We just try and work hard to be as close as we can be to our best."