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Rutgers Football Camp, Day 1: Intensity Increases As Preseason Begins

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights football program's preseason camp has begun, check back to this SB Nation New York StoryStream for the latest news, injury reports and information on position battles.

August 6, 2012; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers running back Savon Huggins (28) during Rutgers University Football team practice. William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE
August 6, 2012; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers running back Savon Huggins (28) during Rutgers University Football team practice. William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights football program, led by first-year head coach Kyle Flood, officially took the field for the first time Monday, as preseason camp entered day one. Players went through their usual preseason drills in shorts and t-shirts, while Flood tried to get a sense of where everybody was at.

"The clock is ticking towards the first game," said Flood. "In training camp, the intensity level of everybody in the organization, whether its the players, the support staff, everybody, rises a little bit. Now, it's tangible because that first a game is coming quick."

A couple of notes from Flood's press conference:

  • A final decision on the starting quarterback competition, which features junior Chas Dodd and sophomore Gary Nova, will not be made until about 7-10 days before the Scarlet Knights' first game.
  • Flood said the biggest thing he's looking for this early on is "clean football." Flood says he tries to move around to all the positions to get a glimpse of the players.
  • As for the running back competition, which features sophomore Savon Huggins, a highly-touted blue-chipper out of high school, vs. junior Jawan Jamison, Flood said carries will be determined after the preseason battle and throughout the season.

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