Absence Of Practice Doesn't Mean Work Stops

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers does not practice Saturday or Sunday and won't return until Monday, but but it doesn't mean the Scarlet Knights won't be readying for North Carolina. Just because there is no practice doesn't mean there is nothing going on, from watching the Tar Heels play Georgia Tech to analyzing film, the players will keep busy even on an "off" weekend.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers coaching staff broke from Friday's practice to spend the next two days on the recruiting road, which means a pair of days off for the Scarlet Knights.

Well, technically.

Rutgers is off this weekend before hosting North Carolina on Sept. 25, so the next practice isn't until Monday, but it doesn't mean the players are off.

"I'll come in here and watch some film, get together with some of the d-linemen, go over some adjustments and stuff," Scarlet Knights defensive tackle Eric LeGrand said. "Sunday the same thing."

Players were talking about watching the Tar Heels play Georgia Tech on Saturday, then doing their own bit of work to prepare.

"We've got a bye, but we've got a game coming up next week so we prepare and we still watch film," LeGrand said. "A few hours a day, you've got to be working. It's not like we're in the offseason and you can take a break. We're still choppin' like it's a game."

Even those players who don't plan on staying around campus will be tuned into their personal DVD players.

Defensive tackle Scott Vallone plans to take in the Scarlet Knights' women's soccer game at Seton Hall tonight before heading to his Long Island home for a relaxing weekend of football and "my mom's Italian cooking," but he will be thinking about North Carolina.

"I have a DVD and I'll get a cut-up and run through the calls and stuff like that," Vallone said. "It's something that's a part of me, so it doesn't really bother me.

"People always said, ‘Oh, once you get to college they own you.' These guys don't own me. I love to do that. I love to watch film. I love to get ready for the game and I love playing underneath the lights."

Most folks find the best way to spend a relaxing Saturday is to lie on the couch watching games, with an unhealthy meal and a nap or two tucked into the afternoon.

"You can do that, but it's a long day," LeGrand said. "You've got to find some time to sit and watch film."

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