NEW YORK — Rutgers offensive coordinator Ron Prince isn't altering his game plan much with Notre Dame starting Jarron Jones in place of the injured Louis Nix at nose guard.
Nix missed Notre Dame's final two games of the regular season after undergoing knee surgery, and with Kona Schwenke banged up, the door opened for Jones — a guy who was demoted to the practice squad about a month prior to his first start.
While Jones doesn't have the All-American credentials of Nix, Prince still came away impressed with what the sophomore nose guard brings to the table.
"I was very surprised on the circumstances that would create him to be the starter, but we had plenty of tape of him playing in the games and playing well to know that there was no vacation here," Prince said. "This guy's a good player and he's there to stay."
In listing what Jones does well, Prince pointed to his athleticism and flexibility. Prince, too, said Jones does a lot of the things Nix did well, certainly a promising analysis for Notre Dame heading into 2014.
Jones said last week he's working on improving his rush-lane discipline and his game against double teams, though his focus isn't trained toward 2014 just yet.
"The things I'm bringing to next year is the stuff I need to get ready for Rutgers week," Jones said. "It goes hand-in-hand."