Saturday’s spring game at Rutgers will have a different twist to it as former Scarlet Knights Mohamed Sanu and Duron Harmon will serve as guest head coaches for the intrasquad scrimmage.
Harmon played safety at Rutgers for four seasons from 2009-12 and went on to become a 3rd round draft pick of the New England Patriots in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Sanu played wide receiver for three seasons at Rutgers from 2009-2011 and was a 3rd round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2012 NFL Draft.
“I’m just excited to get up there and compete against Mo coaching-wise. We’re going to bring a lot of energy to it and have a lot of fun,” Harmon said via teleconference this afternoon. “…I’m happy to see Mo and I’m pretty sure Mo is happy to see me. Be around the guys and bring pride and energy and have a great time. It’s going to be a great day.”
The pair also squared off in February when the Harmon’s Patriots defeated Sanu’s Falcons squad in Super Bowl LI.
“To me, it’s just me and Duron,” Sanu said on the same conference call. “I don’t see it as Patriots/Falcons. I’ve known Duron for 8-10 years now. It’s just me and Duron, being there with my brother.”
Sanu will also take advantage to coach up some of the current RU wide receivers and he mentioned how he and Harmon could influence some younger players.
“We had a goal in mind that we wanted to be the best in the country and make it to the NFL and play in the type of game we played in two months ago,” Sanu said. “It is a lot of work that goes into it and I don’t think these guys really understand it. When they see someone who is in the process of doing that now or who has done that, I think it goes a long way. I am just as excited to spend some time with those guys.”
Both Harmon and Sanu have been proud representatives of Rutgers University and each recently signed very lucrative second contracts.
However, when the final whistle blows on Saturday, it will be back to being friends after two halves of football as adversaries.
“He was there when my son was born so that is a lifelong friendship that is never going to leave us,” Harmon said.