Off-Season work pays dividends for Studivant

If there was an award for the most improved player in camp, Vantrise Studivant would be among the players under heavy consideration for the award. Over the past two years, the Rutgers junior DT has only appeared in 11 games and accounted for 11 tackles including a half sack. This looks to change this year as he is competing to be the successor for Ramel Meekins.

If there was an award for the most improved player in camp, Vantrise Studivant would be among the players under heavy consideration for the award. Over the past two years, the Rutgers junior DT has only appeared in 11 games and accounted for 11 tackles including a half sack. This looks to change this year as he is competing to be the successor for Ramel Meekins.

With Pete Tverdov hampered with a minor groin injury, Studivant has been lining up with the first-team defense and has been showing marked improvement. Studivant stated that his improvement is a result of hours of work in the weight room, film study, and making additional effort in all phase of the game. A lot of this film study has been watching Ramel Meekins the Rutgers former captain. He particularly attempts to emulate Meekins 110% work ethic and his technique, which enable Meekins to attain All-Big East status.

Similar to many of the Rutgers players, he attributes the Rutgers weight program for much of his current success. The program helps him to increase his core strength especially his legs and conditioning. His conditioning was truly tested on Saturday after completing a three plus hour scrimmage the team was treated to 12 gasers; where Studivant was up to the task.

Studivant will look to focus on his 2007 goals, one of which is to become a better-rounded player. He stated that Eric Foster has really assisted him with his inspirational leadership and as a mentor. Another goal for Studivant is to make the defense better and again among the best defenses in the nation. As he states, he would look to achieve his goals by "just keep choppin".


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