What Rutgers is Saying About This Week's Matchup

What Rutgers is Saying About This Week's Matchup

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What Rutgers is Saying About This Week's Matchup

Michigan, coming off its big 42-7 win over Penn State is preparing for Rutgers this week in what should be a game that the Wolverines shouldn’t have too much trouble with, but games like that could always trip up those teams so the Wolverines might not want to overlook Rutgers.

Rutgers quarterback Artur Sitkowski talked about his development as a quarterback as he prepares for the Wolverines.

“When I first became the starting quarterback, I really didn’t know how to approach how to prepare for a college football game, but now, getting ready to play Michigan, I know how to approach it,” Sitkowski said. “Monday’s, start watching the film, try to break it down a little bit. Tuesday, you start watching packages as far as blitz packages, what they do in the red zone, first and second down. Wednesday is a reiteration of what you’re doing and Thursday, I try to go over all the plays we think we’re going to run on Saturday as far as first 10 plays and what we’re going to do and try to maximize it. What’s my first read, what’s my second read against this coverage, where am I going to attack a defense? Things like that, I try to maximize so when I get out there, it’s fast and the game slowed down for me.”

Sitkowski then talked about how he tries to get players to come to Rutgers over schools like Michigan, where players might not play day one.

“Come be a program changer,” Sitkowski said. “Come to Rutgers and be different. Why go to a school that’s like a Michigan or Ohio State, that’s already been developed? You’re just another name in the water. Come to Rutgers and be the first to ever do something. Do something and everyone thinks you cannot do. Be the kid that has the statue in front of that statue. Why not us? Why not you? You’re home in front of your friends and family. I’m living a dream right now. I’m more than blessed to be here and I tell the kids ‘listen, why can’t it be you? Why can’t you be the one that changes this program and have your statue in front of the stadium one day?’ Some kids are scared of that, like ‘woah, I’m the guy?’ and some kids embrace that. you want the kids who embrace it, who love football, live it. They want to live football every single day, those are the kids that we want. They have the mentality to go out there and attack every single day. If that’s not you, don’t come here.”

Rutgers starting right guard Jonah Jackson had some words of his own about the Wolverines as Rutgers prepares for them.

“It is a great measuring stick for myself and my brothers,” Jackson said. “It is a chance to show them what we got. Being in the Big Ten, this is something you expect. We play teams like Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin. It is just the next challenge, the next opportunity to show we got against the best of the best.”

Rutgers offensive coordinator John McNulty gave some praise for the Michigan football team, as he was a former graduate assistant at the university from 1991-1994.

“That’s a good a defense I think I have ever seen,” McNulty said. “This is a place I followed. I worked there, that was my first job, my second alma mater. I spent four years there, went to grad school there and learned from Gary Moeller and Lloyd Carr and Greg Mattison, who is still there, Cam Cameron, Les Miles. …It’s where I learned to get along in this profession so to speak.”

McNulty will get his first taste of what it will be like to go against the Wolverines as they host them this Saturday, Nov. 10 at 3:30 p.m. in what could be the Wolverines biggest victory margin this season.

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