Rutgers RB Charles Snorweah thinks of his life like a book: What the next chapter will say?









Rutgers RB Charles Snorweah made a highlight catch in the spring game, but can he contribute soon to a crowded backfield?

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PISCATAWAY -- Charles Snorweah has a new outlook to go with his new nickname.
Referred to as Chuck by first-yearRutgers running backs coach Lester Erb, Snorweah wrapped spring practice by making one of the top plays of the Scarlet-White game. He went around starting linebacker Trevor Morris to make a diving catch on an under-thrown 22-yard pass.
Being out here this spring is a whole new opportunity for me, Snorweah said. Coming in here as a freshman, I had surgery, so I had to redshirt that year. Getting suspended my second year threw me back.

Snorweah missed all of spring camp in 2016 because of academics, according to coach Chris Ash. He rejoined practice in summer camp and played in eight games on special teams after refocusing under former Rutgers running backs coach Zak Kuhr.
Coach K told me to think of my life as a journey or a book, Snorweah said. The best part of a book is the certain chapters where it starts off bad and then everything starts going good. I wanted to come out here and play well, and not have my past determine my future.
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In the immediate future, Snorweah will be part of a crowded backfield led byseniors Robert Martin and Josh Hicksand one-year Miamigraduate transfer Gus Edwards.
But all three of those power runners weight at least 215 pounds, whereas the 185-pound Snorweah is a change-of-pace back.
I give Chuck a hard time, Erb said. I tell him hes 135 pounds, but Chucks 185 right now and hes doing a good job running the ball.
When Martin, Hicks and Edwards clear out after the season, Snorweah will be the elder statesman to Trey Sneed and incoming recruitsElijah Barnwell and Raheem Blackshear. But he isnt going to just patiently wait for his turn without pushing.
I feel like I definitely bring something different to the table with my running style, Snorweah said. But I plan to also get my weight up before the season. Im not going to let that hold me back. I know Im going to do the best I can with every opportunity that I have.
Rutgers running back Charles Snorweah played in eight games last season after missing spring camp, so what it is possible in 2017?Andrew Mills | NJ Advance Media for
Snorweah had five carries for 11 yards and two catches for 24 yards against Rutgers first-team defense in the spring game. Rutgers is looking for a reliable pass-catcher out of the backfield to replace Justin Goodwin, who had 22 receptions as a senior last season.
I feel like I have a fresh start, though Im just trying to gain the trust of the players and my coaches, Snorweah said. Once they see that Im a dependable player then everything is going to come along.
Snorweah broke Bucks County Pa. single-game records held by former NFLhalfback Steve Slaton for rushing yards 440 and touchdowns 7 and set six school rushing records at Pennsbury, but he practiced at cornerback in 2105 because of a depth shortage.
Corner was never my future, Snorweah said. I just did it because thats what was best for the team. Im back to my roots. Im going to do whatever it takes to take me to the next level.
Snorweah, who he went by Chuck in high school, pointed toErbs own Pennsylvania roots and joked, I think its a PA thing. Erb, who spent 13 seasons as an assistant coach at Iowa, is tasked with jumpstarting arushing attack that ranked No. 103 in the nation last season.
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Hes a real old-school guy, Snorweah said. Hes a players guy. He understands what it takes to be disciplined players, and he is going to hold us accountable. Hes never going to let us feel comfortable and walk over things. Hes going to hold us to a high standard.
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Rutgers RB Charles Snorweah made a highlight catch in the spring game, but can he contribute soon to a crowded backfield?

Watch video




PISCATAWAY -- Charles Snorweah has a new outlook to go with his new nickname.
Referred to as Chuck by first-yearRutgers running backs coach Lester Erb, Snorweah wrapped spring practice by making one of the top plays of the Scarlet-White game. He went around starting linebacker Trevor Morris to make a diving catch on an under-thrown 22-yard pass.
Being out here this spring is a whole new opportunity for me, Snorweah said. Coming in here as a freshman, I had surgery, so I had to redshirt that year. Getting suspended my second year threw me back.

Snorweah missed all of spring camp in 2016 because of academics, according to coach Chris Ash. He rejoined practice in summer camp and played in eight games on special teams after refocusing under former Rutgers running backs coach Zak Kuhr.
Coach K told me to think of my life as a journey or a book, Snorweah said. The best part of a book is the certain chapters where it starts off bad and then everything starts going good. I wanted to come out here and play well, and not have my past determine my future.
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In the immediate future, Snorweah will be part of a crowded backfield led byseniors Robert Martin and Josh Hicksand one-year Miamigraduate transfer Gus Edwards.
But all three of those power runners weight at least 215 pounds, whereas the 185-pound Snorweah is a change-of-pace back.
I give Chuck a hard time, Erb said. I tell him hes 135 pounds, but Chucks 185 right now and hes doing a good job running the ball.
When Martin, Hicks and Edwards clear out after the season, Snorweah will be the elder statesman to Trey Sneed and incoming recruitsElijah Barnwell and Raheem Blackshear. But he isnt going to just patiently wait for his turn without pushing.
I feel like I definitely bring something different to the table with my running style, Snorweah said. But I plan to also get my weight up before the season. Im not going to let that hold me back. I know Im going to do the best I can with every opportunity that I have.
Rutgers running back Charles Snorweah played in eight games last season after missing spring camp, so what it is possible in 2017?Andrew Mills | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Snorweah had five carries for 11 yards and two catches for 24 yards against Rutgers first-team defense in the spring game. Rutgers is looking for a reliable pass-catcher out of the backfield to replace Justin Goodwin, who had 22 receptions as a senior last season.
I feel like I have a fresh start, though Im just trying to gain the trust of the players and my coaches, Snorweah said. Once they see that Im a dependable player then everything is going to come along.
Snorweah broke Bucks County Pa. single-game records held by former NFLhalfback Steve Slaton for rushing yards 440 and touchdowns 7 and set six school rushing records at Pennsbury, but he practiced at cornerback in 2105 because of a depth shortage.
Corner was never my future, Snorweah said. I just did it because thats what was best for the team. Im back to my roots. Im going to do whatever it takes to take me to the next level.
Snorweah, who he went by Chuck in high school, pointed toErbs own Pennsylvania roots and joked, I think its a PA thing. Erb, who spent 13 seasons as an assistant coach at Iowa, is tasked with jumpstarting arushing attack that ranked No. 103 in the nation last season.
Why a Rutgers RB nearly had to quit
Hes a real old-school guy, Snorweah said. Hes a players guy. He understands what it takes to be disciplined players, and he is going to hold us accountable. Hes never going to let us feel comfortable and walk over things. Hes going to hold us to a high standard.
Ryan Dunleavy may be reached at rdunleavy@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter@rydunleavy. FindNJ.com Rutgers Football on Facebook.





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