Junior Chris Muller became the most valuable man on the Rutgers offensive line for Sunday's practice after a string of injuries against Nebraska. Muller brings experience at multiple positions, and put that experience to the test without two starters available.
Muller stepped up as the first-team center following an injury to Derrick Nelson. He has practice experience at the position but Saturday would be his first career start.
"I’m extremely confident," Muller said. "After I took my first snap, it just kind of made it a breeze. I’ve been able to live with Betim [Bujari] for two years and know how a center works. I’m really good friends with Derrick, and as a guard, you have to know center. … I think I’ll be fine."
Nelson's status is not the only concern with starting left guard Dorian Miller also questionable for kickoff against Army. Red-shirt freshmen Jacquis Webb, Zack Heeman, Tariq Cole and Marcus Applefield are all in the conversation for starting spots with other injuries.
That work began Sunday in practice.
"It was kind of exciting, actually, being able to play with guys you haven’t played with since spring ball and seeing how far some guys have progressed throughout the year," Muller said. "That really put them to the test, being able to see if they knew all of the assignments and the calls."