Notes: Duron Harmon, AD and the NFL, injuries

Rutgers freshman Duron Harmon spent the year learnig as a special teams player, and also gaining a better understanding of what it takes to be successful as a college player. Also, Scarlet Knights left tackle Anthony Davis has a big decision ahead of him, and he talks about how he will approach it. Finally, did Rutgers over-extend the use of receiver Tim Brown against West Virginia?

Practice was over, weight lifting was complete and Rutgers safety Duron Harmon thought he was done for the day.

Ah, the naiveté of a freshman.

"In high school, it's all about who's the most athletic,'' Harmon said. "In college, everybody is fast, athletic and strong, and usually the winner is the one who prepares the most and knows the most on the field.''

Ask Harmon what he learned during his first season of college, and preparation leaps from his lips. With help and dedication of junior strong safety Joe Lefeged and senior free safety Zaire Kitchen, Harmon quickly learned the importance of watching film.

But, he admits, it was not something he anticipated.

"I was like ‘Whoa,' ‘' Harmon said. "It shows you have to manage your time with school work, practicing, lifting weights and you've got to throw time in for watching film. The Hale Center is like my home.

"In high school, you don't really watch film. You watch it once in a while, but in college it's an everyday thing if you want to be a successful football player. Watching film is just as important as practicing.''

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Harmon, who played at Caesar Rodney High (Magnolia, Del.) last season, is a member of the punt and kick return and coverage teams.

He has eight tackles in 11 games, but his statistics don't even begin to tell the significance of playing as a true freshman.

"I was blessed to get the opportunity to take my talents and play as a freshman, and not too many people can say they did that,'' Harmon said. "Even though you're only out there for 10 seconds, you get to see how fast the game is, the change of pace, and you get to see how strong everybody is.

"You get game experience with the crowd, so next year when I hopefully get more playing time, it won't be such a new experience.''

Davis' honor, and plans
Rutgers junior left tackle Anthony Davis said he finds out about different accolades usually through text messages received from his family, and such was the case when he learned he was named to the Big East first-team.

"I appreciated being recognized for something I worked so hard at,'' Davis said. "My mom always texts me about stuff like that. She texted me a picture of the article.''

There is also the likely chance this is Davis' last game with the Scarlet Knight, but he said that isn't on his mind.

"After the game I'll sit down with coach and family and figure out what will be the best decision for me,'' Davis said.

Injury update
Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said leading receiver Tim Brown, who has 51 catches for 1,051 yards, is questionable heading into the bowl with an ankle injury.

Brown was originally hurt Nov. 21 against Syracuse, and was held without a catch for the first time this season against West Virginia.

In reviewing the situation, Schiano said Rutgers "probably shouldn't have played him as much as we did.''

Schiano added defensive end Justin Francis (leg) is also questionable for the bowl game.

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