Pratt emerged as a top option for quarterback Gary Nova during five true freshman starts, but faded in productivity last year after his fumble against Kent State played a key role in the end of hopes for an undefeated season.
Spring Performance -- Pratt had the kind of spring a coach wants out of a rising senior. Already comfortable in his role, Pratt stayed healthy and finished strong. With Coleman coming off an injury, Pratt brings major momentum into training camp after his touchdown performance in the spring game.
Pratt was not a focus of spring with many young receivers developing but showed solid hands and an ability to get open in the developing Ron Prince offense.
Expected 2013 Role -- Pratt will be a starter in name but his reps and role could be determined by performances by other players. Rutgers knows what it has in Pratt – a veteran presence that is generally reliable but not a home run hitter. With Coleman as the top target, Pratt presents a unique possession threat and is also a leading contender to replace punts.
Scouting Report -- Pratt is sure-handed and an elite blocker. Whether it is on screen passes (think Joe Martinek touchdowns) or running plays, Pratt is quick to meet his blocker and gets great positioning against cornerbacks and safeties.
Pratt's blocking got him his first sniff of action, but his sure-handedness and knowledge of the playbook kept him there. Before his infamous fumble against Kent State, Pratt had reliable hands and perhaps the best on the roster. The fumble set him back, but Pratt bounced back with a solid spring doing what he has done for two years.
Pratt is a possession receiver, and not a significant big-play threat. He works hard, but does not have top-end speed or the physical presence of receivers like Brandon Coleman and Carlton Agudosi. At 6-foot, 185, Pratt brings pound-for-pound toughness and football passion.
The Bottom Line -- Pratt makes up for his size with technique and passion. For a program focused on consistency, production from role players like Pratt is essential.