Dave Brock’s veteran hand is key in guiding young receiving core
Rutgers wide receivers coach Dave Brock met with the media following the fourth practice of spring camp on Tuesday. He brings almost three decades of experience in coaching at the collegiate level in addition to time in the NFL.
His career includes one season on the banks as offensive coordinator in 2012. It was then that Brandon Coleman tied the program’s single-season record with ten receiving touchdowns.
As a wide receivers coach, he has developed some big names who went on to have successful NFL careers. They include Marques Colston at Hofstra, Hakeem Nicks at North Carolina and Jordy Nelson at Kansas State. He most recently worked as wide receivers coach for the Atlanta Falcons where he coached star Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and former Rutgers standout Mohamed Sanu.
Brock sounded like a coach excited to be back at the college level.
“First, it’s really exciting. Spring practice, it’s a new beginning, a new start,” Brock said. “I think the guys are working really hard, and we’re just trying to develop the group and everything’s ground up. We’re trying to do a really good job of evaluating each person individually and then kind of the selective room to kind of see where we are. Every day brings some new things – some challenges, some highlights. For me, it’s a lot of fun. I’m excited. Looking forward to watching the tape from today and moving on.”
It’s no secret that the wide receiver group is a major concern heading into next season. With the top three receivers from last fall having exhausted their eligibility, the experience remaining in the group is extremely thin. Rutgers needs production from this position group next season if the offense is going to take a step forward. Brock appears to be embracing the task at hand with so many young receivers.
“I look at it as an opportunity, kind of a new beginning. I don’t really see it necessarily as a challenge, I wasn’t here,” Brock explained. “We’re going to put ourselves in a position to develop the players that are here and get them in a position to play at a high level so we can win. That’s the challenge, that’s the goal. I think that ultimately will be the result. That’s what we’re looking toward. We don’t live in the past. Those guys are good players and did a good job but we’re forward thinking, forward looking and that’s where my mind is.”
I’ll have more on Brock’s thoughts on specific personnel and how the position group could play out from a depth chart for next season soon.
You can watch Brock’s full ten minute press conference here.
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April 5, 2023 at 5:22 pm
I like the experience of the offensive coaches and the emphasis on player development. That appeared to be Schiano’s mindset when hiring the new coaching staff and, I assume, an expression of the need for teaching technique and attention to detail by a seasoned, experienced coaching staff.