Camp Primer: Offensive Playmakers

The countdown to training camp continues with players set to report Aug. 1. Thirteen days from the start of training camp, looks at the top established playmakers on offense.

5.) WR Miles Shuler -- Rutgers needs a weapon in the mold of Jeremy Deering on offense and Shuler has the best experience filling multiple roles with the football in his hands. Shuler has the best track speed on the Rutgers offense and continues to develop his skills at wide receiver.

4.) FB Michael Burton -- Burton is a weapon not only for his ability to make plays, but for the way he drives the offense forward. The Rutgers offense was significantly more efficient with Burton healthy last season. Burton's role expanded to time at running back in spring camp and can continue to evolve in training camp. Burton will not put up the statistics of other players on the list but his presences enables others to star in the offense.

3.) RB Savon Huggins -- Huggins gets his best chance yet to emerge as the next feature back and 1,000-yard rusher at Rutgers. Without Jawan Jamison on the roster, Huggins enters the spotlight. Huggins was a solid option in the red-zone as a true freshman but injuries and inconsistencies kept him from breaking out. Huggins ran strongly behind the new-look offensive line at the end of spring camp to build up momentum.

2.) QB Gary Nova -- Sometimes a quarterback has to make plays himself. Nova is not incredibly mobile, but he showed escape ability and pocket presence in his first full year as a starter. The challenge for Nova as a junior is to keep a cool head when plays break down.

Nova showed good pocket instincts, but when he escaped, the play ended in a penalty or ill-advised throw too many times. Cutting down on turnovers improved in the spring and will continue to be a goal in training camp.

1.) WR Brandon Coleman -- NFL scouts and draft analysts are already salivating over a 6-foot-6 receiver with speed in the 4.4s. Coleman is at his best as a deep-play threat because of the tremendous matchup problems he creates.

Coleman is in good position to break the Rutgers all-time touchdown record as a junior and take the Rutgers passing game to the next level. Rutgers lost its top red zone target, Mark Harrison, last season and needs Coleman to step up his ball skills and aggressiveness inside the 20.

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