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Andrew Aurich discusses progress at tight end position



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Oct 22, 2022; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights tight end Johnny Langan (21) catches the ball during the second half against the Indiana Hoosiers at SHI Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Tight ends coach Andrew Aurich met with the media following the seventh practice of Spring camp on Tuesday. He enters his fourth season at Rutgers. However, it’s his first in charge of the tight end position.

Aurich coached the offensive line during the 2020 and 2021 seasons, followed by running backs last fall. He spoke about the transition to coaching tight ends this offseason.

“It’s been great,” Aurich said. “It’s a really fun room of guys that work really hard and consistently come to work every single day. So it’s been a really easy transition obviously having been here. I know all the guys really well so it’s been fun.”

The veteran assistant has previously coached tight ends at Albright College and Princeton. He’s also worked for head coach Greg Schiano with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and during his first tenure at Rutgers.

Although current offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca was in the same role during Aurich’s first stint at RU, he was not on the offensive staff. Aurich did speak about how the tight ends will fit in Ciarroocca’s currently system at Rutgers.

“They’re going to be coming on a lot, especially in the run game to be able to win that C gap on the backside of the zone schemes,” he said. “If you’ve seen any Minnesota tape, you know that the tight ends prove themselves as worthy receivers. They’re going to be used on and counted on in the pass game. The way these guys are working now, they’re trying to prove that so they can expand the role as much as possible.”

In addition, Aurich spoke in detail on the development of tight ends Johnny Langan, Mike Higgins and Victor Konopka, You can watch coach Aurich’s full press conference below.

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  1. BataliBoli98

    April 12, 2023 at 2:39 am

    I genuinely hope that this isn’t just coach-speak and that the TEs become a more integral part of the offense this year. RU has a long history of producing high quality/NFL caliber TEs but, unless I am forgetting someone, its been a while now. Go RU!

    • thevinman

      April 12, 2023 at 6:04 am

      Oops, I didn’t see your comment before posting mine. We are in complete agreement.

  2. thevinman

    April 12, 2023 at 6:02 am

    God, I really hope our tight ends step up and become an important part of the offense.

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