PISCATAWAY — Every so often throughout spring camp, Rutgers football coach Chris Ash will call out “Ring of Honor” as a team-period drill.
His team will then form a huddle around midfield, and one offensive player will get matched up with a defensive counterpart in what turns out to be a 1-on-1 scrum.
“It’s a 1-on-1 drill and the game of football is about 1-on-1 battles within the game,” Ash said Thursday, explaining what he likes most about the drill. “It just reinforces all the things that we want: We want players that will compete. We want players that play with good football position. We want players that use their hands the right way. And we want players that when their number is called they can go out and be ready to go in front of their peers.
“It’s a competitive drill. It’s a fundamental drill. And it’s one that is a great tempo-setter for the start of practice. I love it. We’re going to continue to do it, especially on Saturdays when you talk about scrimmage stuff. I think it’s a great way to start the day.”
On a day when Rutgers opened up practice for the students on campus, Ash called on his players to participate in the Ring of Honor drill Saturday morning.
Matchups included: defensive tackle Jon Bateky vs. offensive lineman Marcus Applefield, running back Robert Martin vs. safety Anthony Cioffi, wide receiver Carlton Agudosi vs. linebacker Deonte Roberts, offensive lineman Tariq Cole vs. defensive end Myles Nash and defensive tackle Darius Hamilton vs. … Brianna Reckfort.
That’s right, the Scarlet Knights’ 6-foot-3, 283-pound defensive tackle lined up against a Rutgers student who formerly played softball at Bishop Ahr High School.
“I’m like ‘Alright, I guess I’ll go in,’ ” Reckfort said, describing the moment after Ash called her to line up against the Rutgers football captain. “Oh God. I was scared. I’m like still shaking. I think I knew it wasn’t going to happen because I would’ve been in the hospital if that happened.”
So she couldn’t win the 1-on-1 matchup vs. Hamilton?
“I don’t think so,” she said, laughing. “Not without pads.”
Watch the video above to see all of the action, including the moment between Hamilton and Reckfort that had everyone laughing afterwards.