Wednesday Practice Report: Quanzell Lambert's Next Step after Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Whether it is on a professional gridiron or in law enforcement, a trying senior season for Rutgers defensive end Quanzell Lambert has him ready for the next step.

The HeadlineQuanzell Lambert saw his Rutgers career end with a knee injury this year, and the fifth-year senior defensive end is aware that it may be the same for his football career.

Lambert does not plan to go down quietly.

Lambert attacks his rehabilitation as much as possible with a targeted return date in mid January. Professional training begins as soon as possible.

I've been playing football all my life,” Lambert said. “I'm definitely going to give it a shot to the NFL. I just want an opportunity. That's all I ask for. I'm going to make the best of it and do what I have to do.”

Should football not work this year, or when it ends after another decade, Lambert wants to follow a career in law enforcement.

Already a Rutgers graduate with experience in labor studies and criminal justice, Lambert has interest in the Rutgers University Police Department.

I'm going to definitely do some real estate things, and RUPD was one of the things,” Lambert said. “I wanted to get into law. I was good friends with Kenny Ford. He goes with us on a lot of trips and things like that. He works with RUPD, and we became close and I feel like I would start law enforcement under Rutgers just to give back for all they've done for me.”

Lambert committed to Rutgers and Greg Schiano as a senior out of Erial (N.J.) Timber Creek. He remains close with his high school and relied on them during the stresses of his injury.

[Coach Rob Hinson] is a second father to me,” Lambert said. “Like the other guys, he motivated me. He's always in my ear, always my backbone when I needed some support in football. When I was down at times with football, when I wasn't playing and things like that, he always gave me that crutch and that motivation that I was good enough to do what I had to do.”

Worth Noting – Cornerback Blessuan Austin is back in action after a mid-week injury sidelined the sophomore starter against Michigan State.

One of my goals this year was to pay all 12 games that were on the schedule,” Austin said. “To miss last game, that definitely was horrible. … I'm out there taking reps and everything, seeing how I feel. I feel good right now.”

Quote of the Day – “I think [the program] is going up. That's the only way we want it to go as far as coming back. You want the best for the school, and I feel as though the coaching staff and everyone that's in place right now, it couldn't be in a better position.” – senior Anthony Cioffi.

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