Two-Deep Analysis: OG Chris Muller

With spring camp over, ScarletReport.com is ready to look ahead to training camp with an in-depth, daily look at the depth chart. Going player by player, we break down the key players of training camp with an in-depth look today at guard Chris Muller.

Chris Muller came to Rutgers in 2012 as a U.S. Army All-American and is quickly emerging as a young player to watch on the Rutgers offensive line. Muller had an active spring after spending a year on the sidelines as a red shirt and projects as a key player in 2013.

Spring Performance -- Muller emerged as a star of spring camp. Showing up in significantly better shape than when he first enrolled at Rutgers, the 6-foot-6 lineman dropped to 300 pounds and saw a big boost in playing time.

Muller started at right guard in the spring game over fifth-year senior Antwan Lowery. The run game, with Muller plugged into the first team, improved in the final week of camp after early struggles in the spring.

Expected 2013 Role -- Muller enters training camp as the start right guard, but a position battle with Lowery could be one of the hottest of the summer. Muller figures to be a prominent feature on the two-deep at guard in 2013.

Scouting Report -- Muller fits the mold of a Big Ten pulling guard and brings a nice compliment of size and athletic ability. Muller can be more mobile, particularly in long developing plays, but his footwork improved since enrolling and he looks good off the snap.

Muller has the kind of size Rutgers needs to win trench wars in the Big Ten. The technique on run plays is there and his pass blocking is improving after limited experience in high school.

Muller is strong, but can get a lot strong. Only one year into a college weight program, expect his strength numbers to continue to improve. Muller performed well in 1-on-1 situations overall, but lost his fair share of battles with stronger or more experienced defensive linemen. Consistency needs to improve.

Most importantly, Muller has the passion and motor needed to play guard the right way.

The Bottom Line -- Muller is still very young in his development, but pushed for time with hard work. He put himself in a position to see the field, and possibly start, by Fresno State.


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