Key Developmental Spring for Rutgers Freshman Tight End Nakia Griffin

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Nakia Griffin receives the bulk of developmental reps in practice because of injuries elsewhere, and the red-shirt freshman hopes to climb the depth chart as a result.

Both Anthony Folkerts annd George Behr are out of action for Rutgers, so red-shirt freshman Nakia Griffin is ready to step up. Griffin receives a significant amount of practice work because of injuries to other players, and the former Scout three-star prospect from Tenafly, N.J., is hungry for more.

"I'm just taking advantage of the reps and trying to get it done the right way," Griffin said.

Griffin originally committed to the previous staff, but said it did not take long to lock in on changes in the offseason.

"It transitioned pretty smoothly because of the leaders that we have on the team and we definitely changed physically," he said. "I'm still trying to add some weight on and get my body where it needs to be. The mental aspect of the game is really advancing for myself. The leaders and the tight ends are really teaching me the fundamentals of the defense and trying to learn coverage and understand everything."

In the power spread offense of Drew Mehringer, tight ends remain an important piece.

"We do everything, anything that the coaches ask of us," Griffin said. "We'll block. We'll pass protect. We'll go out on routes. All of us in that room embrace that role and we're all capable of handling it the way it should be handled. It's exciting. We're really involved in the offense."

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