Larrow & Glaud Eager To Get Started

Just when it looked like Greg Schiano's defense couldn't get any nastier, Ka'lial Glaud and Mike Larrow went ahead and had monster games in the Northeast vs. New Jersey All Star Game Sunday at Rutgers Stadium.

Joining the Scarlet Knights at the start of training camp in August, this pair of linebackers was everywhere on the field, making a combined seven tackles and two sacks as Larrow went on to win Defensive MVP of the game. "Oh man! I didn't even think I won," Larrow said Sunday after New Jersey's 13-7 win over the Northeast. "This trophy is great. This game was about showing Rutgers fans what I can do and I got to show my family."

Glaud was equally as impressed as the MVP voters Sunday when it came to the play of his battery mate. It's safe to say that both incoming freshmen made a good impression in their first game at their new home stadium in front of a home crowd. "It felt good and [winning that game] is a good start," Glaud said. "Playing in front of that home crowd was great because this is where I'm going to be spending the next couple of years of my life."

Both Glaud and Larrow said that the relationships that they have forged through the week's practices between each other and other future Rutgers players like cornerback Logan Ryan were the most important part of the event. "It's cool because I've been able to start a relationship with them over the week," Glaud said. "When I first came to Rutgers, I didn't really get a chance to talk to them more than just a high five, but after this I feel like I know these guys and can trust them on the field." Larrow even added that the chemistry between New Jersey's defensive unit in the game made a significant different in the result. "We've been together, we've joked around and I guess it just paid off on the field," he said. "Hopefully that can continue when we get to Rutgers."

Both standout defensive standouts bring impressive pedigrees to the collegiate ranks as Glaud recorded 97 tackles and eight sacks as a senior middle linebacker for Winslow Township and Larrow made 64 tackles and nine sacks as a senior defensive end at Union High school. "I'm hard working, a leader and I'm going to give it my all every time I get the opportunity to," Glaud said when asked to describe the skill-set he brings to the table. Glaud and Larrow both found success on the offensive end in high school as well. Glaud threw for 1,370 yards and 19 touchdowns as a dual-threat quarterback and Larrow grabbed three touchdowns of his own.

Despite the impressive skill sets provided by Glaud and Larrow, it will be borderline impossible for either to find immediate playing time anywhere other than special teams. The Scarlet Knights already have a stacked queue in front of the incoming freshmen that includes seniors Ryan D'Imperio and Damaso Munoz, juniors Antonio Lowery and Jim Dumont and youngsters Manny Abreu and Marcus Witherspoon.

Despite the fact that neither Glaud nor Larrow will report to Rutgers training camp for nearly two months, neither linebacker can wait for the process begin. "It's amazing. I can't wait for the first game against Cincinnati," Larrow said on his excitement and expectations. " I just can't wait for the process to start at Rutgers … It's going to be a hard adjustment to make, you know, but everybody does it and I'll get through it. It's going to be fun though and I've already met some of the guys from this [game]." The trick, according to Glaud, is to not let that excitement get the best of you and to keep working. "[The next few weeks] are basically just working hard and getting my mind right for what's next. I'm just really excited to get started," he said.


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