By Matt Sugam
PISCATAWAY – Jawan Jamison isn’t worried about Rutgers depleted running back corps. If P.J. James (ankle) isn’t game ready and Savon Huggins (lower body) are held out against Arkansas, Jamison is ready to carry the load once again.
“I feel like if they have to go than they will go,” Jamison said. “And no matter what I’m going to be ready for whatever my team needs me to do.”
Against USF, that was a school-record 41 carries as the only running back to carry the football.
Despite that heavy workload, Jamison said he feels fresh. Sure, he likes the 10-day layoff to rest and recover, but it’s not like he needed it.
“Not at all,” Jamsion said when asked if he had any fatigue. “I’m hungry for more. Definitely hungry for more. Whatever my team throws at my I’m definitely going to accept and do.”
Jamison added: “I feel like I just need one or two days off and I’ll be ready. My coaching staff does a really good job of getting our bodies back healthy and getting us fresh.”
Fresh enough for head coach Kyle Flood hand him the ball 41 more times?
“The odds of it happening again in a consecutive week, I don’t know that that will be the case,” Flood said. “But do I think he could do it? I absolutely think he could do it.”
So does Jamison.
“No problem,” the 5-foot-8 200 pounder said. “No problem at all.”
After all, the Starke, FL native will have some extra motivation making his first trip to SEC country as a collegiate player. The conference he watched growing up from his own backyard.
“Everybody wanted to go to an SEC school, but I’m happy where I’m at,” Jamison said. “I’m ready to show those guys that the Big East is here and that we’re here and ready to step it up and show them what we got.”