Apr 07

Jawuan Harris is’focusing on baseball’ but does Rutgers coach Chris Ash expect him back in 2018

Jawuan Harris started five of the 11 games he played in last season for Rutgers, totaling 41 tackles and tying for the team-lead with three interceptions from his safety position.

But while Harris has two years of college-football eligibility remaining, his focus is on baseball right now.

But what does his future hold when the season is over, I don’t know yet. We’ll just let it go and see how it plays out.”

During spring camp the past two years, Harris would typically work out with the Rutgers football team for the first 45 minutes of a spring practice and then focus on his baseball and academic commitments.

That’s not the case this spring. The fact that Harris — a football-scholarship player — isn’t participating in football activities may be the strongest indication that he’s not being counted on to contribute next fall.

He was with us a little at the beginning of the semester,” Ash said, (but) then kicked into baseball and he’s been full-time baseball.”

The Devils enter Thursday’s 7 p.m. game against the Pittsburgh Penguins riding a three-game winning streak.

They continued that run on Tuesday when they rallied for a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, and when Stefan Noesen scored the winning goal with 1:33 left in regulation, Hall said he was jumping on the bench.

Regardless of how the final six games of the season play out, there’s no questioning the Devils’ motivation to finish what they started.

Everybody was really motivated, and it’s a good thing, forward Nico Hischier said. You really see that it’s a team that cares and a team that really wants to make the playoffs. I think we’re on a good way, but six games left. It’s in our hands now, and we’ve got to play our game.patriots_051-223x223

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