Spring Lesson: Even with two of the top receivers sidelined for the spring, there still were not enough balls to go around. Competition for snaps with the first team offense will be fiercest at the wideout position.
Sophomore receiver Quron Pratt summed up this problem best after the spring game when he said, "We work well together and we're not worried about not getting enough passes. Chas [Dodd] is going to find us."
Starters out of Spring: The rundown at wide receiver appeared well-defined to start the spring. With Mohamed Sanu and Mark Harrison well established as top Big East receivers and Tim Wright healing after knee surgery last training camp, Rutgers seemed all set.
Then Brandon Coleman happened.
Head coach Greg Schiano knew what he was getting when Coleman committed just before National Signing Day in 2010. But Coleman lit it up the entire spring and put his name right alongside, if not ahead of, Harrison, Sanu and Wright.
With Sanu and Wright held out of the spring game, Coleman stole the show.
Coleman blew up for a team-best 78 yards and two touchdowns on five catches. His scrimmage performance pretty well summed up the spring campaign for the 6-foot-6 receiver that could very easily go from practice squad to first team when training camp begins.
Expect Sanu and Wright to be ready when training camp rolls around and to eat up the majority for first-team reps alongside Coleman and last year's leader in every receiving statistic — Harrison.
With only so many passes to go around for Dodd, and tight ends and fullbacks becoming more frequent passing targets, anyone behind those four needs a strong training camp to crack the lineup.
Got a Chance: Pratt sent a message that smaller, quicker receivers are still important to the offense when he hauled in a team-high seven catches for 56 yards in the spring game
The challenge for Pratt is to stay healthy this summer. In his last training camp, Pratt injured his shoulder and lost significant playing time because of it.
Incoming freshman Miles Shuler may be the fastest Scarlet Knight next year, but he also doesn't turn 18 until late September. In an already crowded group of receivers, Shuler may benefit from a red-shirt.
Shuler, however, has a kind of speed that is unmatched by any other receiver on the roster. His speed and shiftiness make him a dangerous weapon in the slot whenever he sees the field.
J.T. Tartacoff started off strong for Rutgers, but did not do much during the spring and even worked a bit on the defensive side of the ball. As the rising sophomore continues to search for his role on the team, it's hard to say what to expect from the Montgomery High School product this training camp.
Expect K.J. Stroud to have a similar role this year that he did last year. In a group of tall receivers, Stroud is the oldest with playing experience and can be a reliable guy to move the chains.
Jawan Westerman will be a guy to watch on special teams. As a fifth-year senior, Westerman has team captain potential. He was one of the two team captains in the Scarlet-White game this season alongside David Rowe.
Needs More Time:
Walk-ons Phil Lewis and Nick DePaola will start off training camp on the bottom of the ladder and probably end up with the practice squad.
Lewis returned this spring after a severe leg injury last year and DePaola worked more as a running back last season on the scout team.
Schiano's Take: "I'm going to handle [the logjam] that the best two [receivers] are going to play if we're playing two and then the best three are going to play if we're playing three. We will figure that out. That will be good stuff."
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Transition to Training Camp: Wide Receivers
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