Bob Bostad has a long history with Rutgers football head coach Greg Schiano, and this week he faces the challenge of slowing down a highly talented Rutgers defensive line in a Big Ten matchup.
During his time as the offensive line coach for Schiano’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012-13), Bostad gained valuable experience at both the college and professional level. He has since been recognized as a highly-regarded coach and was a significant addition to the Indiana coaching staff this season.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten) will be facing the Indiana Hoosiers (2-4, 0-3 Big Ten) on Saturday, with kickoff scheduled for noon and the game airing on the Big Ten Network.
Indiana head coach Tom Allen recently commented on the progress of his team’s offensive line, emphasizing the need for development. Rutgers also made a significant hire in the offseason, bringing in Pat Flaherty, an offensive line coach with two Super Bowl victories. Indiana countered by adding Bostad to their coaching staff to work with their offensive line.
“I want to see it continue to elevate, for sure. I do think that Matt Bedford played his best game this past weekend, so seeing growth there and getting him healthier all the time,” Allen told reporters on Monday.
“As a group, they continue to mesh and gel and work together. Obviously going against really good fronts and going to go against another good front this week. Just have to continue to develop. And even kind of made some adjustments and try to add some things to what we want to become up front even in the run game. And saw some positive returns on that; want to keep building off of that.
“And obviously the second half of the season needs to be their best. And so we’ve had a chance to kind of get those guys solidified in where they’re at and where they’re playing in those consistent spots. And I want to see them take these next six games and allow us to really be a unit that’s on the rise.”
Schiano, being familiar with Bostad’s coaching abilities, acknowledges the impact he brings to the Indiana Hoosiers. Bostad also has coaching experience with the Tennessee Titans and possesses significant Power Five coaching experience.
During his weekly press conference, Schiano praised the entire Indiana coaching staff, highlighting their expertise and effectiveness.
“You look at — first off, Tom Allen is an excellent football coach. I’ve known Tom for a while now. He’s a great coach. He’s a great person,” Schiano said.
“In his program, I know Rod Carey, who is now the offensive coordinator, is an excellent coach, the line coach, Bob Bostad was my line coach down in Tampa. They are a well-coached football team.”
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