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.