The Headline – Saquan Hampton's breakout training camp crashed hard with an injury early in the Rutgers football season opener. Hampton went down with an injury against Washington, and missed the next six weeks.
Hampton returned, but not in full form, in the loss to Illinois.
“It's good to be back,” Hampton said. “It's been a long process getting healthy. I'm obviously excited to be back. … There's a little bit of rust I had to shake off. Just not being out there, getting the speed of the game, but everything should be fine.”
Hampton stayed mentally involved during his time off the field. He watched on the sidelines while Kiy Hester emerged as an impact defender and KJ Gray established himself as a true freshman.
“The coaches prepare us all the same, so for [Hester] to be able to go out there and play the same football that's expected of me feels good,” Hampton said.
Hampton feels closer to full health heading into his third start of the season – Minnesota.
“I feel good right now,” Hampton said. “I feel I'm where I was when I first started, so that was good.”
Worth Noting – The Chris Ash radio show returns tonight in Edison, N.J., where defensive backs coach Bill Busch guests on the program alongside Chris Carlin and Eric LeGrand.
Quote of the Day – “I can tell you this, they are going to be ready on Saturday. I think that's what it boils down to. Obviously, it's preparation throughout the week, but you have to constantly ask yourself, even as a coach, is my group ready on Saturday? I just try to prepare my guys for that week in and week out.” – Cornerbacks coach Aaron Henry.