With Spring Practice set to conclude next weekend with annual Scarlet-White game, Rutgers is bringing star power to the sidelines. Head coach Chris Ash announced on Friday that former Rutgers football stars and current NFL veterans Mohamed Sanu and Duron Harmon will coach the two sides on Saturday, April 22nd.
The Scarlet-White game will be played at High Point Solutions Stadium at 5 pm and will be televised live on BTN. Sanu is set to coach the Scarlet team, while Harmon is set to coach the White team. Both players were First Team All-Big East selections during their careers on the banks and were each selected in the 3rd round of the NFL Draft. Sanu was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2012 and Harmon was taken by the New England Patriots in 2013.
Sanu is the all-time leader in receptions in both Rutgers and Big East history. His 115 receptions during the 2011 season also are a school and conference record. Of course, his Big East records will never be broken, as the conference disbanded after the 2013 season. He is entering his sixth season in the NFL and second with the Atlanta Falcons. Last season was one of his best professionally, as he tallied 59 receptions for 653 yards and 4 touchdowns, helping the Falcons win the NFC Championship.
Harmon was a two-time First Team All-Big East selection at safety and was also a three-time Big East All-Academic selection at Rutgers. He has won two Super Bowls with former Rutgers alums Devin McCourty and Logan Ryan, all of whom manned the secondary of the New England Patriots the past few seasons.
It’s a smart move for Ash and the program to highlight such outstanding alumni of Rutgers football. It’s a positive worth featuring with recruits who attend the game, as well as demonstrates the relationship that the new coaching staff has built with high profile former players of the program. Capitalizing on the fact that both players met in the Super Bowl a couple months ago makes this an even better idea.
This spring has a been an important period for the program, as Ash enters approaches his second season in charge. To read his thoughts on the state of the team and how spring practice has gone so far, click here.
The Scarlet-White game is the main event in a full day of activities that Rutgers is promoting as Spring Fever. The women’s lacrosse team will host #18 Northwestern on senior day at 11 am at High Point Solutions Stadium. The Grammy nominated group Big & Rich are playing a concert at 3:30, ahead of the 5 pm kickoff of the spring game. It should be a great day at Rutgers next weekend!