Rutgers football begins summer conditioning program | How much can players work with the coaches?

jets_059Rutgers coach Chris Ash has often said the three-month period between spring camp and training camp is a key part to the development of his team, a time when his players digest the playbook, develop their bodies and build a chemistry that lasts through the season.

For the Scarlet Knights, a pivotal eight-week period starts Tuesday.

The remainder of the workouts will be organized by team leaders, with players getting together on their own for positional drills and 7-on-7 competitions throughout the summer.

It all leads to the season opener at home against Texas State on Sept. 1.

We made a lot of progress in the spring — still got a long way to go — but I like the way this team has come together,Ash said at the conclusion of spring camp in mid-April. We’ll move forward and continue to work in the summer leading into training camp.

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What’s in those darkest corners of his mind today? Lewis stays vague.

You start thinking, Lewis says, of other stuff.

A warning pops up on Lewis’ iPad screen. His battery has drained to 10 percent, but he doesn’t see it. Instead he’s now explaining how going to jail for a crime he didn’t commit prepared him. How football prepared him. How everything equipped him to prepare for anything and expect everything.A few moments later, I tell Lewis that his battery is about to die, and he checks for himself. You’re right!he blurts, frantically typing away with beads of sweat dripping down his temple.

The screen goes black, and Lewis pops up to his feet.

Hold on, he says. I’m going to get my charger because I’m not going anywhere.