To anyone asking what Big Ten football players will do now that the season has been postponed, Rutgers’ players are giving answers on Twitter. Many players posted pictures working out on the field and in the gym just a couple days after the official announcement came from the Big Ten.
For Rutgers, this could be viewed as a positive situation. Greg Schiano will now have time to develop players during the new 20-hour practice format. Schiano has sent his players home for now and they will return at the end of the month.
“Our guys are coming back at the end of the month and we’re going to get to it,” Schiano said on Friday. “They start school. We’ll just take it day-by-day. There are certain things that I know we can do whenever the season starts and there’s other things I know we’ll have to ramp up once we know when the season starts.”`
Many Scarlet Knight players already began working before they were sent home. Schiano was able to land former Ohio State safety Brendon White. The former 4-star recruit tranferred to Rutgers back in December. They landed another transfer in defensive end Aaron Lewis. The Williamstown High School product initially enrolled in Michigan but transferred to Rutgers in July.
We goin in, Putting everything on the line ❗️ pic.twitter.com/2z8YQsYX5p— aaron.lewis84 (@aaron_lewis71) August 12, 2020
From 4-star recruits to walk-ons. Every player in the Big Ten is feeling the impact of the recent decision to postpone the season. This includes Christian Dremel. As a true freshman, Dremel was able to get on the field sparingly and even made a few plays against Penn State. Dremel will still have four years of eligibility left as he was able to claim a redshirt.
This 20-hour a week practice schedule will not act as a preseason model. Instead, it will be for workouts, walk-thrus, and film, among other necessary aspects of practice. The hope for a season in the spring is something that will be discussed, but is not guaranteed.
“I didn’t really speculate where it was going so when it did happen, it wasn’t a surprise or not a surprise,” Schiano said on the season being postponed. “It really reinforced my belief that to speculate was a waste of time because this thing was so day to day to day.”
The overall aspect seems like athletes want to play. If a 20-hour practice week is the plan moving forward, teams will be taking advantage of it. Rutgers has already started. Here are more posts from players on the field.
i ain’t gon' run from it..ima run to it. pic.twitter.com/F8GNzCLsYs— Darius Gooden (@DariusGooden13) August 12, 2020