Tuesday Practice Report: Jafar Williams vs. the Alma Mater

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- It's a wide receiver focus Tuesday with coach Jafar Williams' return to Maryland and what's next for John Tsimis after his final game in the program?

The Headline – Whether it is pregame in the locker rooms or post game at the College Park Ledo Pizza, Rutgers receivers coach Jafar Williams looks forward to a memorable return to Maryland.

A former player under coach Ralph Friedgen, Williams returns Saturday for the first real game since his own senior day.

“I'm getting text messages from a bunch of my buddies talking trash,” Williams said. “It's a weird spot, like you can't really talk trash because that's some of your past and also your future. I'll get them tickets to the game and tell them they have to wear Rutgers gear.”

As a player that helped Maryland during a rebuild, Williams uses his time in College Park as a teaching point for Rutgers.

“I just remember the excitement of that whole area, the Maryland, DC, Virginia area when we were winning,” Williams said. “Basketball was rolling. We had a lot of sports that had success, so it was a fun time.”

Worth Noting – Receiver John Tsimis chose an early graduate for two reasons. Physically, he played through pain. Mentally, he is seven courses away from a prestigious finance degree.

I just wanted to focus on graduating after this, and I'm just pretty banged up and everything,” Tsimis said. “It's a lot of work. I've got seven more classes from winter to summer.”

Tsimis may use his final year of eligibility elsewhere, but academics are his first priority.

Quote of the Day – “It's a good feeling. I've got a lot of family coming, and that's the biggest thing for me. I'm just trying to make sure everything is execute properly with the practices and make sure we go down there and do a good job.” – Derrick Nelson on ending his career a half hour from home.

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