Dorian Miller nearly cemented himself into the starting offensive line rotation during spring practice, but the finer points of center remain a focus in the final days.
The sophomore projects as Kyle Flood’s 2015 starting left guard, but lack of depth at center have the Metuchen (N.J.) product at a new position.
For Flood, who enters his fourth spring game as Rutgers head coach, Miller impressed at guard, but center still needs work.
“I’m pleased with how he’s playing guard,” Flood said. “I think we’ve got some work to do at center. I think he would be the first to tell you that.”
Miller was, in fact, quick to admit struggles at the position.
“The main thing is watching my steps on the film,” Miller said. “Snapping and stepping at the same time is still new to me. You have to worry about the snap first because you can’t play without that. I’m making the right calls, but there’s a lot of things in being a great center. I’m working on all of it.”
Miller spent most of the second scrimmage at center. He likely backs up Derrick Nelson at the position Friday in addition to first-team duties at guard.
The lack of healthy offensive linemen became a dominant theme of spring practice, but it was not a deterrent for those that got extra work as a result.
“It’s something I’m kind of used to,” Miller said. “We’ve done it all spring. Last year, there was the weird situation where I was seeing a lot of first-team reps in practice, so it’s not something that concerns me. I’m always ready to take another rep. When the time comes, I’m all good.”
Miller plays in his second spring game Friday and first as a starter after Kaleb Johnson’s departure.
“You can’t count the reps and you just have to go out there and play,” Miller said. “Do our jobs. Play as hard as we can. Use this to really make ourselves better and go through the offense. It’s the last time out there for a while. Make it count.”