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January 19, 2013
Former Rutgers safety Duron Harmon will play his final college football game today when he takes part in the 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl set to take place at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University in Carson, Calif.
Harmon spent the past week out in California gearing up for the contest and drew rave reviews for his performance on the practice field.
"I probably talked to about 18 scouts since I've been here," Harmon said. "I'm getting great feedback and they have really been impressed with the way I'm playing this week. Everything is going really well. I'm just living the dream."
Harmon has also been learning from a star-studded coaching staff as part of the national team.
"Coach Dick Vermeil is my head coach. I'm working with one of the better defensive backs to ever play the game in Bill Bradley," Harmon said. "He's my secondary coach and Ray Crockett is the assistant secondary coach. There's a lot of other coaches who played in the NFL for long periods of times. I'm getting better each and every day."
Harmon's speed has also widened some eyes over the past week.
"A lot of people don't think I'm as fast as I am," Harmon said. "A lot of people out here had me as a 4.65 guy and they said that. But me being able to show my speed at Pro Day will really be able to help my stock. I'm really looking forward to it. I'm working with Ato Boldin, who was an Olympic medal winner for Trinidad. He's my speed coach."
Surprisingly, the two-time All-Big East first-team safety has not received an invitation to the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, which will take place out in Indianapolis in late February.
But Harmon is prepared to prove any doubters wrong.
"I've always been the underdog. Back in Delaware, no one ever expected me to play division 1 football," he said. "It's the same thing going on right now. I'm just going to do what I do, put my head down and run straight through adversity."
Although the NFL seems like it will be an inevitable part of his future, Harmon has not lost sight of his studies. Since he did not redshirt and spent only three and half years at Rutgers, he still needs two more classes to graduate.
He is set to meet those requirements in the midst of what is already a busy season.
"I have two on-line classes to finish up. It's not too bad and I think it's going to work out really well for me," Harmon said.
The 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl will air Live at 6 p.m. EST on ESPN2. Follow Duron Harmon on twitter @dharm32.