On a roster that includes former five-star recruit Savon Huggins, leading rusher Jawan Jamison and redshirts Paul James and Ben Martin, Sirmans gets the chance to work with as many as six backs with three or more years of eligibility in training camp.
"You have to make sure that you're coaching guys and getting them in the mental frame of mind to be unselfish," Sirmans said. "... Having a competitive situation ... is really something that has really helped the run game at different places that I've been."
Sirmans has experience coaching many top college running backs, including Boston College's all-time leading rusher Montel Harris. Sirmans has been a specialist in coaching running backs since his first job with Maine in 1996.
"Ben Sirmans has been coaching running backs for a long time and has developed some of the finest running backs in college football over time at different places," said head coach Kyle Flood. "We're young at that position and he's a seasoned guy. When he steps in the meeting room, he can point to successes he's had in the past. It's instant credibility with those players."
Sirmans has a familiarity with high schools in the area from his time at Boston College, which hosts many top New Jersey programs at its camp each year. More importantly, however, Sirmans is an East Orange, N.J., native.
"He's a Jersey guy," Flood said. "He's an East Orange guy. He belongs here in New Jersey. This is where he's from. I couldn't be more excited to bring him back."
Sirmans said he plans to give every running back a shot and believes in running the hot-hand, which is the norm in recent years at Rutgers.
"If one guy separates himself that much more from the others, he'll get a bunch of the reps," Sirmans said.