Q&A: Ray Rice

As the 2007 season looms, SOR had a chance to discuss the Heisman hype, expectations for 2007, and his return from surgery.

Q: Due to a minor surgical procedure, you were unable to participate in the Spring Game. How is everything going after the surgery and how long do you expect to be out?

It has only been a short time since the surgery and I am walking right now. So I’d say its going pretty good. I’m going to say that I might be out for three weeks because I just want to get back out there.

Q: What do you think about the record crowd of 11,000 people for the Spring Game?

Comparing the game from last year to this year, the whole environment is changing around here. It just feels great to be apart of Rutgers right now. Some guys had a lot of guts to come here, but now it’s paying off.

Q: During the 2006 season, you ran for a school record of 1,794 yards and more than 17 touchdowns. These numbers have created a lot of Heisman talk. What do you think of all of the buzz?

It’s just something you need to take with the game. It’s something that comes with the territory. I am just going to keep going out there and play my game and try to do my best for my teammates.

Q: 2006 was a breakout season and you were a big part of the team's success. Many of the key components to the 2006 team return. What are your plans in preparing up for the August preseason camp?

I am planning on just keep training hard, staying focused, and hanging out with guys on the team. This is a team process and I'm not singling myself out from anyone and being the best we can be.

Q: You are known as a player who is in great condition. What is a typical training session like for you?

It usually takes about an hour and a half or two hours. It’s just running, lifting, and really just staying in shape. One of my biggest focuses is on cardio.

Q: Who did you see step into the leadership role in the Spring?

Since I play on offense, I would need to vote my guy Mike Teel. He’s my guy and I look up to him.

Q: What are you looking for this upcoming season overall? Any personal goals?

I just want to staying consistent on what I do.

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