Rutgers football training camp: LIVE UPDATES from open practice

Sunday, 13 August 2017, 01:12:16 AM. Rutgers will be holding a rare open practice for fans on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Keep it here for live updates.

PISCATAWAY -- Heading into his second training camp as Rutgers coach, Chris Ash wasn't sure how his charges would handle a longer preseason.

"It's a five-week training camp. We'll deal with it,'' Ash said. "We have to be very cautious about what we do with our players for five weeks. What we've done is actually increase the amount of contact that players are going to have versus decrease it. We've got to manage five weeks of training camp very carefully.''

Saturday marks the 11th full-squad practice for the Scarlet Knights, who are now less than three weeks from the Sept. 1 season opener versus Washington.

"We have objectives to training camp,'' Ash said. "Our theme is 'The Hunt.' It doesn't change. Our objectives this training camp are slightly different. Our focus, with a five-week training camp, is to make sure our players get through it healthy and make sure they are fresh mentally and physically and that they know what they are doing still because they got enough reps.

"That's really the balancing act as we go through training camp. First and foremost, we have to be healthy when we go to play. We can't beat them up for five weeks. We're not going to have a good team if we do that.''

Here are 3 things to watch in RU's open practice

For the first time since the Scarlet-White scrimmage in late-April, Rutgers fans will get an opportunity to see the Scarlet Knights in action as the team holds an open practice.

The practice is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. inside High Point Solutions Stadium, and Ash and the players will be available for autographs afterwards.

You can follow live updates throughout the day in the Twitter feed below:

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Keith Sargeant may be reached at ksargeant@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @KSargeantNJ. Find NJ.com Rutgers Football on Facebook.

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