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December 6, 2012

A student of the game

Each weekend after a Rutgers football game, players often go their separate ways once they leave the locker room. But win or lose, senior linebacker Steve Beauharnais doesn't stray from the Hale Center.

Following the game, it's back to work for Beauharnais.

"After the game I get up in here in watch film, study film," Beauharnais said. "We analyze it as a team but everybody knows I watch it first. They ask how we are doing and I tell everybody what we need to work on, what we need to get better on and move forward as a team."

As soon as the game is film available, it's all about the x's and o's for Beauharnais.

"Most of the time I wait for Ricky Palmer to finish loading up the video and doing all the cut ups and then I start. That's most of my Saturday night usually," Beauharnais said.

But game day is no different than any other for Beauharnais. He watches film on a daily basis despite having a full load of classes.

"It's something I always kind of did since high school. I wasn't always privileged to have all the different angles that we have here," Beauharnais explained. "But I definitely always watched film in high school. I like to know what's going on so I'm able to play faster."

Out on the field, Beauharnais is able to recognize a lot of offensive tendencies and such from his time spent in the film room.

"It happens a lot," he confirmed. "I learn what's coming, what everybody's going to get and I remind everybody of their job and where we have to go."

Now a senior, Beauharnais is a veteran both on the field and in the film room. But that did not just come naturally.

"I would say it took me about of season into the spring to fully understand it," he said. "In the past, coach [Tem] Lukabu did a good job of helping me with that. And after he made the move to Tampa Bay, I definitely remembered how he helped me to watch film."

All the things Beauharnais has picked up through his countless days of film study now stays with him even when he is watching football as a casual fan.

"It's really different. When I'm sitting back watching games like NFL, I watch it differently than other people. I'm a defensive guy so I always watch the defense. I know the angles are directed to the offense when you watch the TV copy, but I just read the defense."

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