Corcoran excited to get started

A fullback maintains the difficult assignment of blocking for his running backs and not receiving statistical output or personal recognition. Jack Corcoran not only understands his responsibilities but attacks them regardless of the acknowledgment.

"I just have to get better at what I'm doing, hopefully make some holes for them," Corcoran said after Friday's practice. "Get them a little crease and that's all they need.

When a linebacker or safety blitzes, the 6-1 230-pound junior protects the ball carrier from further harm, calling it "a great feeling."

Last season, Corcoran caught five passes for 34 yards while creating holes for former Scarlet Knights' legendary running back Ray Rice. He appreciated every rushing touchdown by Rice and the other tailbacks.

"They're the ones doing the work. They're the ones taking it in. I'm just helping them get there," Corcoran said. "I'm the first one there congratulating them."

However, head coach Greg Schiano briefly replaced Corcoran, a co-starter then, with redshirt junior Andres Morales for three starts. Corcoran has since reinforced himself with increased reps with the first team.

"Jack's kind of established himself in the spring," Schiano said. "There's competition, but I think he's ahead."

Schiano also admired Corcoran's physicality and expects similar if not better results this upcoming year.

"I think he had a good spring, but it's too early to tell now," Schiano said. "But he looks physically good and we expect big things from him."

Meanwhile, the Knights just finished their first week of camp and Corcoran competes as if he asserts no starting position.

"The competition is still there, absolutely," Corcoran, an Atlantic City, N.J. native said. "We just started camp; the completion is just starting now. Nobody has a spot locked up. You have to continue to prove yourself, especially around here. I'm gonna keep working hard. I'm not gonna do anything outside of what I normally do, just give it my best. It's all I can do."

Less than three weeks remain until a visit by Fresno State for the regular season home opener. Corcoran knows he has to work even harder to prepare for a difficult matchup in a short time frame.

"I have to keep working hard, watch film and get every edge I can possible have," he said. "Time is my only enemy right now, our only enemy right now. I'm worried about times right now until Fresno State."

ESPN will televise the four o'clock matinee, giving Rutgers more national exposure in front of an expected sellout, boisterous crowd.

Corcoran can't wait.

"It just adds to the excitement and the hype," he said. "As a football player, you can't ask for much more. I'm just excited, national television."

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