PISCATAWAY – Lost in the hoopla of Gary Nova’s 16-of-18, 280-yard, two touchdown performance in Rutgers’ first scrimmage was who Nova was picking apart.
Rutgers’ rebuilt secondary – who has lost three starters and five players from last year who are now in the NFL – had a lackluster performance in their first game-like situation. However, Lorenzo Waters isn’t too worried about it.
“The reasons we weren’t making some of those plays is our fault,” Waters told SNY.tv. “It’s all things that we can adjust. Just small things. It’s nothing major. Nothing to be concerned about. It’s just going out there and executing the techniques.”
Waters said the lack of execution was a bit mental and a bit technical.
“Sometimes that happens with an inexperienced group,” Waters said. “But we’re going out there and now I’m seeing a big improvement even since Saturday. We’ve taken the time out and personally gotten together to make sure those things don’t happen again.”
One of the major positives the secondary can take out of Saturday was the effort. Now, it’s the other aspects of the game that need to catch up.
“We played hard, but we have to do a lot better as far as communicating and getting the technical things down and just making sure we’re getting lined up faster and playing a little bit faster,” Waters said. “But we’re getting that adjusted right now and we’re going out there attacking the ball.”
Most of the unit is also adjusting to extended playing time. Waters is the only returning starter, and while Lew Toler started three years at Western Michigan, he’s still learning Rutgers’ scheme after transferring in this summer.
“You lose experience,” Waters said. “You lose those players who kind of know what to expect in those kind of game like situations. It’s hard to simulate that.
But Saturday was a good feel for a lot of the younger guys so now they know what to expect moving forward and going into the first game.”
Waters feels the young secondary is coming along well. Though he admits there’s still a growing process, he feels like their on their way. And he knows it’s on him to help them get there faster.
”It’s my job to go out there and coach them up and help them go out there and be ready,” Waters said. “So I’m going to do that.”