Pratt Emerging as Major Receiving Target

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Slowly but surely, receiver Quron Pratt is emerging as a go-to target for true freshman quarterback Gary Nova. Initially recruited as a cornerback, find out what Pratt is doing to break out in his sophomore season.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Quron Pratt is not the fastest receiver at Rutgers. He definitely is not the tallest, but Pratt does two things as well as any receiver on the team.

He catches and he blocks.

Through eight games, Pratt is second among receivers behind Mohamed Sanu in receptions (18), including nine in his last three games.

"With all these defenses doing things to take care of Mo, it gives him opportunities," said quarterback Gary Nova. "He's probably the best route-runner we've got. He's really quick, and he runs real precise routes."

Pratt began the season as a reserve receiver, used primarily in blocking situations. Against Pittsburgh, Pratt laid the key block on Joe Martinek's 60-yard touchdown.

As other receivers struggled with hands, Pratt remained a trusty target and his first-team reps increased because of it.

"I'm just doing my job," Pratt said. "That's how I see it. The coaches stress that in the locker room, ‘just do your job.' I know what I need to do personally and I just attack my role each day."

"The hard work's paying off. From the summer to camp, all the little things that I worked on just trying to be a better player all around is working out for me."

Pratt, who came in as a two-start cornerback, quickly switched positions to receivers after the coaching staff saw his skill-set up close.

After red-shirting with an early injury two years ago and battling more injuries last year, Pratt has 18 catches for 210 yards and a touchdown this season.

With the exception of Sanu's torrid season, Pratt is the only receiver that averages more than two catches per game.

"I wasn't even supposed to be a receiver when I got here, but the coaches saw what I could do and gave me a shot," Pratt said. "Now I'm getting all the help I need from Coach Fleck and the older receivers. … We're going to pop. We'll come together as one in a game and that's going to be a great force. We're not all clicking yet, but when we do, watch out."

Mark Harrison, who had a breakout sophomore season of his own, said Pratt's success comes back to work ethic and precision.

"It all has to do with technique, great technique in and out of his routes," Harrison said. "Quron, definitely, he's really physical for a little guy and a lot of teams don't have that, a little guy like him, who's able to block and catch the way he does."

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