Boggs Experimenting in Bowl Practice

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – An explosive start to his Rutgers career earned Dre Boggs instant playing time at a shallow cornerback position. Still new to the position, Boggs has a new technique to get his body ready for a bowl game.

The success of Gareef Glashen rubbed off on his younger Rutgers teammates, and true freshman Dre Boggs may join his mentor in yoga class.

Glashen credits yoga for physical improvements made as a senior. Boggs wants the same thing with admitted tightness in the hips.

“It’s going to help me,” Boggs said. “I was looking at a list of times that [Glashen] goes, and I’m going to try to go with him. He said it helps him a lot. Gareef is the only senior we have, so it’s really him pushing all of us and teaching. He’s a straightforward guy. He tells me what I need to know.”

Boggs received a mild surprise after enrollment when coach Kyle Flood moved him from receiver to cornerback. He followed up the move with a strong showing in summer workouts.

“I came in as a receiver, so it was kind of a fast process,” Boggs said. “I was OK with it. I’d never really played corner, so it took some time to grow on me. The technique was a challenge. I was tight, so I had to get looser.”

Boggs played in nine games during the regular season, including one start at a thin cornerback position. He finished with 15 tackles and four pass deflections for 7-5 Rutgers.

“It was tough,” Boggs said. “I went really hard in the summer, and I think that solidified my spot. It’s a once in a lifetime experience to be a true freshman and play in a bowl game.”

Boggs missed three games with an injury, but is back with a key role during the bowl game.

“It’s been a bumpy road, but I came a long way,” Boggs said. “I had a lower body injury, and that was tough to miss some games. I’m alright now. I’m pushing through it.”

Finals week began for Boggs Monday – a challenge for true freshmen balancing practice with study time. The reward, however, comes in seven days with a flight to bowl week.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” Boggs said. “My roommates are Isaiah Wharton, Robert Martin and Saquan Hampton. I look forward to finally traveling with all of them. It should be a good time.”


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