Rutgers DT Darius Hamilton's Weight and Recovery Goals Heading into Final Training Camp

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers two-time captain Darius Hamilton is already 50 pounds up from the day he reported as a true freshman. How much bigger does he plan to get for a final season with the Scarlet Knights? Still recovering, Hamilton spoke after Saturday night's spring game about offseason goals and development.

Get healthy and get big.

Like coach Chris Ash comes with a plan, defensive tackle Darius Hamilton has one of his own after an injury red-shirt and limited spring campaign. Hamilton did not play in Saturday's spring game, but described himself as involved in approximately 80 percent of camp.

"I'm obviously not where I want to be yet, but I think by training camp I'll be there," Hamilton said. "... If you would have told me in January that I would be out here in spring and tackling in live periods, I wouldn't have believed you. Just to see where I'm at and know exactly where I have to get to, I'm really not that far. I'm excited about getting there."

Hamilton pushed himself into the 280-pound range under Kenny Parker's guidance, and sees himself even bigger in training camp.

"Hearing me say that, I never thought I'd be able to say that," Hamilton said on a 290- or 295-pound weight goal. It's going to be a brand-new world for me."


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