CB Brandon Bing Bounces Back

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers senior cornerback Brandon Bing finds himself in the same position as a year ago, but with a much better approach and a better understanding of how to stay there. He will start Thursday's season opener against Norfolk State at cornerback, the same thing he did a year ago, but this time he plans on haning onto the job much longer.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Brandon Bing is still fast and still strong, but he has changed so much in the last year.

And nothing exemplified it more than what took place Monday night on the Rutgers Stadium turf. Following an under-the-lights practice, he spoke with several members of the media about earning one of the starting cornerback spots for Thursday's season opener against Norfolk State.

Bing, a senior, could have packed it in and never be heard from again while one of Rutgers' talented young corners took over the position.

Bing was replaced as a starter in the third game of the 2009 season, and it isn't often a player in that position fights back to get another shot at starting.

"Everyone faces adversity," Bing said. "I love football, so it was something I had to go through. It's a totally different year. I've been through a lot in my career here. I feel like this is a new beginning for me."

Cornerbacks need to be mentally tough, and Bing's ability to bounce back from sub-par performances early last season shaped his approach for 2010.

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Bing became an avid watcher of game film, learned to take better notes and cut back on his penchant for trying to make a big play all the time, and is now content to do his job instead of trying to do things he wasn't asked to do.

"I feel like I'm putting more into football than being able to run," Bing said. "I feel like I‘m totally different. I put the speed to use. I have gotten faster with (strength coach Jay Butler's) program. The speed was going to get better.

"My thing was the mental part of the game. That was my biggest thing, focusing in on being consistent, consistent, consistent. That was my biggest thing, and that's what I'm going to continue to do throughout the season."

And when Bing doesn't perform up to expectations, he doesn't need the coaching staff to tell him what didn't go well.

All Bing has to do is talk this is mom.

"She's my biggest critic," Bing said.

But does she get on him like the coaches do?

"As much as coaches will." he said. "You can ask her. She's my biggest critic, and I respect that. She's not going to tell me everything I want to hear, even though she's my mother. When I'm doing well, she says, ‘Hey, you still did this on this.' She picked up on trying to learn football more since I got here."

And Bing's mom, who is a nurse, also sees a difference in the way he is playing.

"She said this is a big year for her. She's taking off from school this semester" Bing said. "She just wanted to focus in, just like I am, and she said it's a different feel for her. I don't know where she got it from. Maybe it's just her trying to give me words of wisdom, but she said it's a whole new beginning."

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