The success of the Rutgers football team has been one of the best college football stories of 2006. For the hand full of players who signed with Rutgers in February and were unable to join the team this fall, the success has been bittersweet. They share in the team's happiness but they wished that they could be a member of the team now. One of these players is Matt Hardison, who injured his knee during a high school basketball all-star game. Hardison is currently rehabbing his knee at home in Freehold. According to Hardison, the "rehab is going great. During the upcoming week, we will start a series of circuit training which includes a number of jumps, stretches, weight-lifting, and lateral slides". In addition to the previously mentioned exercises, he has started to sprint. Although he has yet to time himself, he feels his speed is approaching 90%. Since he is currently weighing about 275lbs (20lbs above his HS weight), Hardison's progress to date is impressive. As he works towards his January reporting date, he is targeting 260lbs as a reporting weight.
He plans on playing the hybrid OLB/DE position that William Beckford currently plays but he realizes that there might be a good possibility of him playing DT. In order to ensure that he does not lose touch with his academics, he has enrolled in Brookdale Community College. The time away from football has made him hungry to play. Therefore, he fully intends on playing next season rather than taking a redshirt year. He hopes that his participation in spring ball will provide him with the necessary opportunities to play.
He has attended all of the Rutgers home games and is really looking forward to the Louisville game. The team success was not surprising to him but he said that "you can not predict having a top 5 defense and one of the best RBs in the country". These are among the reasons why he feels Rutgers will have a great chance to defeat the Louisville Cardinals.