Rutgers’ fall camp is the most important of Chris Ash’s career as a head coach. After a 1-11 season a year ago, the Scarlet Knights need to show some serious improvement in 2019.
It’s a good thing, then, that Ash is seeing a lot of enthusiasm and energy from his players in practice.
On Tuesday, Ash detailed some of the things he’s seen on the field early in camp. It sounds like Rutgers is approaching the season with a confident attitude and some aggressive play early on.
“Sometimes it’s borderline chaotic,” Ash said of the energy so far. “So, we’ve got to learn to control it a little bit, but I’d rather have us have to dial it back a little bit than try to find ways to pick it up.
“It’s been very energetic, spirited practices. That’s what we want. That’s what I believe in. The players are at that point where they’re just chomping at the bit everyday to come out here. It’s been fun to watch.”
The Scarlet Knights have endured some growing pains in the first three years under Ash. They’ve posted a paltry 7-29 record with just three B1G wins. Bowl eligibility has never been within reach.
With some solid pieces returning the fall, Rutgers has the potential to make a big leap this fall. That doesn’t necessarily mean a bowl berth, but more competitive football and a few more tallies in the win column would be a solid start.
What happens in camp doesn’t necessarily translate to the season, but Rutgers bringing high energy to practice every day is a really good start.
Below is the full interview with Ash:
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