Dave Cohen looking to pick up where Robb Smith left off

By Matt Sugam

As Dave Cohen takes the reins of Rutgers’ defense, he expects to rely on what he learned about it this past year from Robb Smith.

Along with his experience as a defensive coordinator at Western Michigan and Delaware, and as a head coach at Hofstra, head coach Kyle Flood saw a lot of value in the fact that Cohen already knows Rutgers’ defense.

“It’s very important to me that Dave was able to work with Rob and work within our system of defense,” Flood said. “We have a way that we play defense here at Rutgers that is not going to change.”

Which is a speedy, ball-hawking defense that can score on their own. Something Cohen is looking forward to continuing.

“I’m excited,” Cohen said. “Obviously I just want to add to a great tradition. Rutgers has played good defense for a long time here and I’m very excited.”

While Rugers is losing all but four starters on a defense that ranked No. 4 nationally in scoring, No. 6 against the run and No. 10 overall, Cohen is confident there’s still enough pieces for there to not be a major drop-off.

“Obviously we’re losing some very good players, but the cupboard is far from being bare,” Cohen said. “And we’re excited about getting these players ready to go and put the same product on the field.”

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