Former five-star running back Savon Huggins set the tone early in his Wednesday media session with an honest, and unprovoked, thank you to Rutgers coach Chris Ash for the opportunity at Pro Day.
Huggins expressed pride in his Rutgers career, and even more when it came to an undergraduate degree from his state university.
"[Ash] is changing the culture here," Huggins said. "I'm happy for the players here. They get a different opportunity to see something different. He's changing from the top-down, from chop to family, everything is changing. It's a little bit different but it's still a family here at the end of the day. Coach Ash is family. I'm an alum now. Mohamed [Sanu] is an alum now. Even though we have different coaches, it's still a family here. We all graduated with a Rutgers degree. At the end of the day, it's a place we can call home."
Huggins' Rutgers career hit multiple speed bumps because of injury before he graduated and moved on to Northern Iowa as a senior. The former Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep star totaled 268 yards and three touchdowns as a captain.
"I’ve got a lot more football left in me,” Huggins said. “This is the beginning. This is my coming-out party. It was definitely exciting to go out there and just be myself. You’ve been playing football your whole life. This is no different. Now there’s some scouts in front of you, you still continue to do what you’ve been doing. It’s just been a blessing, it’s been a journey. This is just the beginning of my journey onto the next level.”