Westerman back at DE & Ready To End Big

Coming off of back-to-back eight sack seasons and fifth in school history with 20 sacks, fifth-year senior DT Jamaal Westerman is expected to lead a defensive line that lost Third Team All-American Eric Foster.

Fifth-year senior defensive tackle Jamaal Westerman said the line needs to improve upon everything during camp because the defense goes with how its front four perform.

"We have to get better as a whole unit," Westerman said. "D-line is where it starts for me."

Westerman knows it's going to be a fight to win in the improving Big East and that's his only goal. He said camp has been hard so far, but it's only going to prepare the Knights for the rigors of the regular season. Through camp, he feels the guys are bonding to form a close defensive unit. There are no personal goals for the 6-foot-3 260 pound lineman except be the best player he can be so he can help his team reach its' ultimate goal.

This is Westerman's last go-around with the team, but he doesn't see it as a negative. He sees it as one more opportunity to take the field, have a solid year and play with the guys he's considered his family since he first arrived "On The Banks."

"Not really," he said when he was asked if he's sad that this is his last season. "[It's] more of an opportunity to go out there and play with these guys because these guys are my family. I just want to go out there and put my best effort into it."

Camp has gone so far, so good for the man entering his final pre-season workouts. Things are going well and Westerman said the team is just trying to relearn things and start off from the beginning. Since they're starting over a bit, he wasn't ready to talk about his expectations for Rutgers this season.

"You can't fast forward to the season," he said. "I'm having fun out there with the defense and I'm just going out there and playing hard. Just playing tough hard nose football and that's what we have to get back to."

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