PISCATAWAY, NJ - After a successful scrimmage on Tuesday, the Rutgers Football team went right back to work on Wednesday, participating in a double-session practice at 8:20 a.m. and again at 3:20 p.m. With hot, muggy weather producing a more summer-like atmosphere, the team showed its mettle with two crisp sessions and a strong showing during the conditioning drills.
"Yesterday was a long, hard day and this morning, we came out in full pads and I was impressed by their focus," said head coach Greg Schiano. "We practiced hard for two hours and ran them hard at the end."
Schiano indicated that there is a plan for the preseason conditioning, set up by strength and conditioning coach Jay Butler. At this point in camp, the physical conditioning is the most grueling. An example of this came on Tuesday, when the Scarlet Knights played a full-speed, full-contact scrimmage and then endured over 10 minutes of conditioning work afterwards.
"Right now, we are in the dog days of camp and this is the week," said Schiano. "After you get by this week, we will taper off a bit."
"So far I am very happy with the conditioning. Jay (Butler's) workout is the hardest on the big guys. I yell at them, but I am understanding, too," said Schiano, flashing a smile.
Rutgers will practice once on Thursday (2:50 p.m.) and hold another double-practice session on Friday (8:20 a.m., RAC/3:20 p.m. RU Stadium Complex). The three sessions will culminate in the second scrimmage of camp on Saturday, August 16, at 3:00 p.m.