Lowery Staying Motivated

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Fifth-year senior Antwan Lowery lost his starting guard job in spring camp, but continues to push himself forward for a chance to return to the starting rotation.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Antwan Lowery has no plans of giving up. After a spring demotion put the former all-conference guard on the outside looking in, Lowery promised himself he would do whatever it takes to get back on the field.

Lowery does extra work after practices and contributes any way he can to be ready for a return.

"Every day, I push myself harder in every stage of my life," Lowery said. "In the weight room, on the field, I'm doing it because I know it's the right thing to do."

The 6-foot-4, 310-pound Lowery made his 2013 debut against Norfolk State when starter Chris Muller's helmet came off. Lowery took one snap with the ones and played in the fourth quarter after the game was decided.

"It wasn't my thought process to get acclimated or anything, I was just doing my job," Lowery said. "My number was called and I had to go perform. When I got my opportunity, it felt like old times."

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood again lists guard Andre Civil as a gametime decision. Backup centers Dallas Hendrikson and Brandon Arcidiacono are also on the injury report. Lowery was the first lineman off the bench against Norfolk State and could be in the same spot against Eastern Michigan.

"Any time any player gets injured, it's a little bit of a concern," Flood said after Tuesday's practice. "But I don't spend much time on it. The next player has got to be ready."

A converted defensive tackle, Lowery feels comfortable at any interior line spot and is eager for a chance to return. Likely the "next player," Lowery will be ready.

"No one wants a one-trick pony, so you have to be able to play more than one position on the line," Lowery said. "Me being able to learn left and right (guard) and now center is an advantage for me.

"I practiced (center) over the summer by myself. I did all of the footwork and snapping stuff on my own to learn it. Nobody even knew I was doing that stuff. It's not uncomfortable at all because I know it could help me get back on the field."

Lowery can often be found on the practice field after its conclusion, putting in extra work. The fifth-year senior prepares as a starter and plans to be ready when his number gets called.

"If it's by myself or with other guys, I'm going through footwork drills or small technique things or snapping," Lowery said. "I think it's important for us to do. I get extra work on the treadmill. I go in and get extra lifts. I'm eating right, having the right mindset to be able to play football. I'm getting in all of the extra work I can because I'm not getting those reps in practice."

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