Wesley Bailey continues to progress at Rutgers


It was not too long ago that Wesley Bailey was going up against defenses and now he is part of one of the best defenses in the nation. The third-year sophomore has been a big part of Rutgers establishing a No. 7 ranking in total defense through seven games this season.

“We don’t even think about that at all unless someone else brings it up,” Bailey said of that No.7 ranking. “We are not thinking about that, just making sure we play as a team.”

Bailey played his high school football in Canada on the offensive side as a wide receiver/tight end.

“I started playing d-line back in 2019. I played offense my whole high school career,” Bailey said. “…It was fun, but it just wasn’t for me. I guess I wasn’t good enough there so I switched to d-line.”

There has been a quick acclimation period to the American as Bailey is one of Rutgers’ top players, leading the team with 3.5 sacks and six TFLs.

“Canadian football is different because you play one yard off the ball,” Bailey said. “The receivers give a little different motion. I do like American football way better.”

And in what areas has Bailey improved over the course of the season?

“Just getting better in the run, making sure I know everything schematically, pass rush as well. As a whole, I am not just focused on one thing,” he said.

Bailey and the defense were able to take more of a break last weekend against Indiana as Rutgers controlled the time of possession, allowing the Hoosiers less than 22 minutes on offense. However, if Bailey does have to go to the sidelines for a spell, he is not worried about how it will impact the overall defensive product.

“I am not worried because we have depth. All of us are ready to go.”

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