Rutgers football has the latest and greatest online entry to the Running Man Challenge, as the team used its “Ring of Honor” to lead into the popular dance. NJ.com reported on the drill a week ago, revealing that it is a 1-on-1 scrum between an offensive and defensive player. Coach Chris Ash described the drill to the outlet as a practice by which players strengthen their ability to matchup and use their hands on the field.
“It’s a 1-on-1 drill and the game of football is about 1-on-1 battles within the game,” Ash said Thursday, explaining what he likes most about the drill. “It just reinforces all the things that we want: We want players that will compete. We want players that play with good football position. We want players that use their hands the right way. And we want players that when their number is called they can go out and be ready to go in front of their peers.
While the video does a great job of setting up the drill, none of the players are wearing pads, so it’s clear from the beginning this is strictly dance business. It’s also worth noting most of the other Running Man Challenges run only 15 seconds or so, but the Scarlet Knights let the song ride out, making sure to feature as many dancing players as possible. Although it’s tough to pick a favorite, Derrick Nelson, No. 69, may be the winner for his impeccable rhythm and accentuated arm sweeps.