Whatever the official depth chart says about the left guard spot, Rutgers sophomore Dorian Miller should be in line for his first career start this Saturday against Norfolk State. Miller battled in training camp against Tariq Cole for the spot left open by Kaleb Johnson and spent the majority of practice with the first team.
Coach Kyle Flood never announced a formal winner, and said he could play seven or eight offensive linemen in his rotation.
"It makes everybody better," Miller said. "I think that battle has been able to push me throughout camp and has been able to rise me to another level."
But is Miller ready for a starting role? That was an easy answer for the redshirt sophomore from Metuchen.
"Yeah, if that's what they want to do, then I'm ready for it," Miller said.
Miller red-shirted during his first year. He then saw minor time as Johnson's backup and in special teams situations.
"Personally for me, it helped a lot," Miller said on his slower path to playing time. "Everybody is different, but if I had to give advice to an offensive lineman coming into college, I definitely would say that red-shirting is very important. Learning football on this level makes you a better player in person, not just going out there and playing. It's not necessarily about strength and things like that. It's more about learning the technique and proper footwork and your assignments. I think red-shirting definitely allowed me to do that."