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December 27, 2012
Two time All-Big East first-team safety Duron Harmon is one day away from his final football game as a Scarlet Knight. This week, Rutgers' senior safety took some time to talk about that subject and more in our latest installment of Q & A.
Bobby Deren: Is it tough not look ahead to the next few months with all the NFL Draft stuff about to happen?
Duron Harmon: Yeah, but the only thing you can do is focus on the task at hand. I learned over the last four years being at Rutgers that the motto is 'chop' and focus on the task at hand. This program has enabled me to do that without looking ahead because a lot of stuff could happen in the next three months. All I can do is focus on what's in front of me right now and try to get better at my craft.
BD: What are you most proud of during your career at Rutgers?
DH: That we did something no other team did, win a Big East championship. It's not the way we all dreamed of it to be. But at the end of the day, we still did something that no other team has accomplished and I'm really excited about that because it's a stepping stone for the steps this program is about to take.
BD: What individual accomplishment are you most proud of at Rutgers?
DH: Two first-team All-Big East. It's crazy, some people go all their careers and never even get all-conference. I got two years in row. I'm just blessed and thankful. I can't even put it in words how excited I am that one day I can tell my children that their father was an all-conference player and be able to make them proud by saying that.
BD: Can you even imagine what it's going to feel like after Friday's game knowing that is your last one at Rutgers?
DH: (Laughing) Nah, I don't even want to think about it. I just want to enjoy each day and all the things each day until we get up to the game. And whatever happens after the game, I don't even want to think about that.
BD: Did the last four years go by fast for you?
DH: Yes. I was talking to mother the other the other day and I was like 'I just need it to slow down a little bit.' I remember being in high school and now I'm graduating college and about to go into the real world. But it is really a blessing.
BD: What's it like for you now that you are about to go out in the real world?
DH: It's exciting and scary because for the first time I'm going to have to be very independent. I'm not going to be able to depend on everyone else. In high school, I had my parents to depend on. In college, I had academic support, coaches to depend on. Now, I have to really utilize what I learned throughout my college career to become an independent person and provide for myself.
BD: How much structure did you learn from being a college football player at Rutgers?
DH: A lot, just being able to deal with so many things. The way this football program is structured, the reason why we have guys that go as undrafted free agents and stay many years in the league is because of this regimen coach Schiano has put together. And coach Flood has carried the torch. We do things a lot differently to where we are able to cope with things that other people are not able to cope with.