Thursday Practice Report: Night Environment, Janarion Grant

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 Headline – Fresh off a letter Thursday morning from athletic director Pat Hobbs, environment is the theme for a game that is not yet sold out Saturday night at High Point Solutions Stadium.

Rutgers is close, and coach Chris Ash has high expectations after coaching in a similar environment as a visiting coach.

“If you can't get fired up and get fans to come to this, I don't know what people are looking for,” Ash said. “I expect a great crowd. I've really been impressed by our fans, our student section. I get it. We've got to go out and play good to excite a lot of people. This is a great event Saturday night.”

The environment begins Saturday morning when Rutgers wrestles Princeton in the “Battle at the Birthplace.”

“We're supportive of every athletic team here at Rutgers,” Ash said. “The fact that the wrestling team and the football team can join together and put on an event like what will be put on Saturday is awesome. We're looking forward to more of those opportunities. The wrestling team has done a tremendous job. I've got a lot of respect for what coach [Scott] Goodale has done there.”

Worth Noting – Receiver Janarion Grant, who could return for a fifth year, will not be one of those honored Saturday during senior day festivities. Ash said Monday that to honor or not is not an indicator on a final decision.

Quote of the Day – “Bless [Austin] was a game-time decision last week. Bless is ready to play. Damon [Hayes] has practice just like he always has. Nothing is different there.” – Ash on cornerbacks.

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