22 in 22: Jawan Jamison

Jawan Jamison has high expectations entering his freshman season at Rutgers, and he talks about why those expectations are obtainable. In the 19th installment of our "22 in 22" series profiling the incoming members of the Rutgers' freshman class, the running back from The Bolles Schools (Jacksonville, Fla.) talks about what he's been doing to prepare for his Rutgers career.

Jawan Jamison was not being boastful or cocky..

The incoming Rutgers freshman running was simply being honest, in a quietly confident way, when answering a question about what he expected in his first season with the Scarlet Knights.

"I expect to come in and start,'' said Jamison, who added why that is the case. "My work ethic, how I train myself and the higher the competition, the better I am.''

Jamison, from The Bolles Schools (Jacksonville, Fla.), is a 5-foot-9, 195-pound bowling ball with very good vision and patience. In leading the Bulldogs to a second straight Class 2B state title, he rushed for more than 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior despite not playing in the second half of eight games because of a lop-sided score.

And it comes after rushing for nearly 1,100 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior.

"I have great patience, I read the lanes really well,'' Jamison said in giving a self-scouting report. "I'm low to the ground, I have a lot of power in my lower half and I have good open field speed.''

But for Jamison to become Rutgers' starting tailback, he will have to unseat incumbent Joe Martinek, who ran for 967 yards last season, and defeat a number of other contenders.

The Scarlet Knights return De'Antwan Williams, Mason Robinson and Kordell Young, and also welcome fellow Jacksonville, Fla., prep star Casey Turner of Edward H. White High to the backfield.

"I'm expecting the workouts to be really intense, and just ready to see what the college life is going to be like,'' Jamison said. "I'm going to be ready for the coaches.''

Jamison is scheduled to arrive on campus June 27, and in good shape.

He has been doing a workout package put together by Scarlet Knights strength and conditioning coach Jay Butler, with some of the exercises designed to target Jamison's fast-twitch muscles to improve his explosion.

"Normally, it takes 45 minutes to an hour (to workout), but this one takes an hour to two hours,'' Jamison said. "There's squats and bench presses, but there's also other things that I haven't really done before. I'm working muscles I haven't worked on before, muscles that will make me a lot quicker.''

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