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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Rutgers' Savon Huggins talks Ron Prince, being workhorse and more

By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto

PISCATAWAY — Armed with a stricter diet, a new run-blocking scheme and a No. 1 spot on Rutgers' depth chart, Savon Huggins spoke to the media Wednesday for the first time in nearly two months.

The Trentonian's story for print Thursday is up now, but here's more from Huggins, the state's top recruit in 2011:

On preparing for new offensive coordinator Ron Prince's playcalling: “I watch film on Coach Prince’s past offenses … comparing what I’ve been doing and what he’s looking for. Run after contact, my aiming points, my alignment on check-downs.”

Junior running back Savon Huggins said he was already
familiar with Ron Prince from former St. Peter's Prep
players at Virginia from 2003-05. (AP Photo)
On how Prince will divide carries: “In his offense at Virginia, I think he had two backs go for over 1,000 yards. It’s definitely possible. You need to have more than one back to get the job done. I definitely do want to be the workhorse. He likes to get backs one-on-one with safeties.”

On Prince's zone-blocking scheme: “He got the running back in different positions to have the ball — out of the backfield, screen game, inside runs, outside runs. He just basically gave the running back the best opportunity to win one-on-one battles. That’s his ultimate goal.”

On what to expect from Prince: “A lot of runs to the outside, but ultimately it’s one-on-ones with the safety. He loves to have one-on-ones with the running backs and a safety and one-on-ones with a linebacker to avoid as many hits on the running backs.”

On Prince's personality: “He’s country. He likes country music. He likes riding on the bull. ‘The bull doesn’t care,’ different slogans. It’s different, but I like it. (Former St. Peter's Prep players) told me about Prince and his philosophies, so I knew about him before he got there. I trusted their instincts.”

On offseason regimen
“Come November and late in the season, that’s when it matters the most.”

On health goals: “I do want to make it through the season healthy. Obviously I’m going to get dinged up along the way.”

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