Pratt Puts Up Another Strong Spring

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Chas Dodd has plenty of weapons to work with going into training camp. Back to full health, red-shirt sophomore Quron Pratt discussed his ideal role as a wide receiver after his impressive spring-game performance ...

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Quron Pratt doesn't have the size or the reputation of many of the Rutgers football team's wide receivers, but he's making the best of what he has.

It wasn't Brandon Coleman or Mark Harrison that caught the most balls from Chas Dodd in the spring game. Pratt, a 6-foot, 175-pound product of Palmyra High School, caught seven passes.

Pratt's 56-yard day culminated a second consecutive strong spring campaign for the red-shirt sophomore.

"We executed well," Pratt said after the spring game. "Everybody worked together, the receivers, the quarterbacks. We were all in it together and it just paid off.

"Me and Chas developed a connection throughout the spring. We would always work together. Today, I had chances to get open and exploit the coverage and it worked out well."

The problem with Pratt's two outstanding spring performances is what falls between them. Early in training camp last season, Pratt injured his shoulder and misssed two months of action. His shoulder injury prevented him from contributing to last season's passing game and curbed his development, he said.

"It's very crucial for me to play well," Pratt said. "I had a set-back during the season with my injury. This spring game, we had a lot of receivers down and people had to step up. Springtime is game time. You have to bring everything you got. All the fans are here and all the families. It's a good experience."

Pratt did not get many opportunities to work with Dodd last season because of his injury. This spring, Pratt said one of his goals was to develop a good connection with the sophomore gunslinger.

After seven catches in the spring game — mission accomplished.

"It's great working with him," Pratt said. "Chas is a great quarterback. He reads coverage really well. In this offense, everybody gets open. Somebody is open every play and Chas finds them very well."

In Frank Cignetti's offense, Pratt said he sees himself as a speedy, slot-receiver that can help move the chains.

The great depth, with guys like Coleman and Harrison putting up good springs and Mohamed Sanu getting healthy, is not a concern for Pratt in terms of playing time.

"We have all kinds of receivers and we're very deep," he said. "We work well together and we're not worried about not getting enough passes. Chas is going to find us. He's a great quarterback and he's going to find openings."

With Pratt's success throughout the spring, he said he definitely feels comfortable in the new offensive scheme.

"I love the new offense," he said. "It's great. It works out well against any defense. Somebody's going to be open. It is tough to learn, but after repetitions you get really comfortable and used to everything. Once we get the concepts right, it's going to work out well."

If he has any trouble, he said, receivers coach PJ Fleck is there to bail him out.

"He demands perfection," he said. "I think that's good for us. He helps us with the intense vibe that he brings every day. He makes us want to be better."

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