Monday Notebook: On to Howard

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers has moved on from Tulane and is five days away from the home opener against Howard. It will be a special game for Jawan Jamison, who has 1,000 yards in his sights this year, and marks the first home game for Kyle Flood as a head coach.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – One thousand yards is Jawan Jamison's goal this season and the sophomore running back has a chance to make another big dent this weekend against Howard.

Jamison ran for 112 yards against Tulane to start the year and, after falling 103 yards short last season, has every intention of breaking 1,000 this year.

"I'm not that different, but this whole team, the line, is way better," Jamison said. "We put in so much and worked so hard and we're all playing at a higher level. It's going to happen."

The Ray Rice comparisons keep coming up for Jamison, who has a similar body type and playing style. As much as he wants to make a name for himself, Jamison said he understands it.

"If you want to be a good running back at Rutgers, you have to try to put yourself up there with Ray," Jamison said. "He was the best and we should all strive to reach that. He won games, ran for 1,000 yards and made it to the NFL. Those are my goals."

Ready from the get-go
Being in shape and taking part in a full training camp for the first time helped Jamison, a red-shirt sophomore, be ready for the first game.

He missed his first training when he had to return home due to the death of his father and last season he missed training camp with a hamstring injury.

"I think of him when I'm playing and also my mother and my sisters," Jamison said. "They come to the games and it means lot."

Jamison opened the season with 112 rushing yards on 18carries and a score and caught two passes for 41 yards.

"Coming into camp and going through the first few days of it, it was really good," Jamison said.

Divided allegiance?
Jamison's sister, Courtney, is a sophomore at Howard and will be at Saturday's game. But she won't be sitting in the Howard section.

My sister's rooting for me," Jamison said. "She'll be with (the families) sitting there."

A season of firsts

Kyle Flood will coach his first home game since his promotion.

"We're certainly excited to open up our season at High Point Solutions Stadium this weekend and get an opportunity to play a game in front of our home fans, the only home game we have this September, as the schedule worked out," Flood said.

Right tackle R.J. Dill has three years of stating experience, but has yet to see a game at High Point Solutions Stadium. The Maryland transfer played his first game with Rutgers last week and said he is excited for his home debut.

"I got most of my firsts out of the way last week," Dill said. "I think that part of it, this will be my first time at High Point Solutions Stadium. I've never seen a game here. I'll goose bumps at first when I run out there, but after, it's just football and I need to get back to business."

Nova on Nova

Sophomore quarterback Gary Nova controlled the tempo, but admitted to multiple mis-steps against Tulane. Nova finished 11-of-20 passing with a touchdown and an interception in his first opening-day start.

"I feel like I performed well, a lot of first game mistakes and stuff like that, but I think it will get cleaned up," Nova said. "I'm pretty confident with the way this offense is going."

Big East mention

Outside linebacker Khaseem Greene's 14 tackles earned him an honorable mention on the weekly Big East honor roll.


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