Past Experience — Shuler played as a true freshman, but did not have a major impact. Though he displayed breakaway speed down the field in multiple games, he did not register a reception.
Shuler was best utilized on wide receiver reverse plays, where he moved the chains multiple times by the end of the season.
As a Recruit —A prized commit in the Class of 2011, Shuler offered his Rutgers pledge about a month before National Signing Day and did his best to guide other top New Jersey players to the Banks.
Spring Performance — Shuler received copious praise from coach Kyle Flood throughout practice. Though not quite ready for a major game role, Flood said Shuler took tremendous strides in his transformation from an athlete to a wide receiver.
As a member of the white team at the spring game, Shuler did not play a major role in the scrimmage, but performed well in the two scrimmages beforehand, catching seven balls for 82 yards.
Does Well — Speed like Shuler's is uncoachable. The former track star brings something to the gridiron that very few college athletes posses. Shuler is a burner in every sense of the word and, if given the opportunity and circumstance, can out-run any defender on the schedule this season.
Shuler's greatest improvement this spring came in his ability to get off the line of scrimmage quickly, which is crucial to his style of play.
Needs to Improve — Some tend to forget that Shuler has been a receiver for less than a year. Though he scored a touchdown at the position in the 2011 U.S. Army All-American game, Shuler still has a lot to learn at the position.
Replacing P.J. Fleck with Dave Brock as his position coach in the offseason, Shuler still needs to get more comfortable and have things click as a wide receiver. That means improved hands, route-running and general technique.
Long-Term Outlook — The future is Shuler's to take if he can get things to click at wide receiver. The transformation from athlete to college football player is never easy and burning his redshirt did not do him any favors.
But at the end of the day, Shuler has three seasons to become an explosive weapon on offense and special teams for the Scarlet Knights. If his improvement from fall to spring is any indicator, Shuler is in good shape.