Part of injury rehabilitation at Rutgers may take place on the sand but it is far from a day at the beach under coaches Chris Ash and Kenny Parker.
Injured defensive end Kemoko Turay knows that first hand while sidelined after multiple shoulder surgeries. While teammates went head-to-head in the Saturday heat at a scrimmage, Turay spent the period in the same heat doing cardio and conditioning drills.
“It's very intense, especially in 100-degree heat,” Turay said. “I'm doing everything that is being given to me in order to actually come back on the field. Whatever it takes to come back.”
Turay remains uncleared for contact after he missed spring practice.
“I don't know how far along he is,” Ash said. “Since we've been here, he's been limited from two postseason surgeries last year, both of them on his shoulders, left and right shoulder got repaired. It's tough to recover from one, let alone two.
“There will be a time here this fall that he'll be 100 percent, but he's not there yet. He's not cleared to do a lot of things yet. He is doing some D-line drills. So to say he's game ready, he's not close. To say he could be a guy that's going to be a difference maker or a game changer, will affect a quarterback, it's hard for me to say that right now.”
A return to form this fall sits as Turay's top offseason goal.
“That's the mindset, I can say that,” he said. “I'm doing everything that's possible. I'm doing everything I can control. … I haven't been doing contact stuff but I've been doing conditioning stuff with the team. Whatever they're doing. When it comes to contact, I go back in the corner and do some rehabbing and conditioning. For this camp right now, I'm not cleared yet. After camp we're going to check and see if I'm ready to go.”
Turay said he and Rutgers never discussed missing the entire season.
“We haven't spoken about that at all,” he said.