Rutgers Guard Dorian Miller Details On- and Off-Field Changes in Spring Camp Under Chris Ash

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Offensive lineman Dorian Miller offers insight on football and life changes under coach Chris Ash after he performed well in spring practice.

Dorian Miller on differences in practice…

“For starters, the practices were up tempo and I will say beforehand, they were [also] up tempo but I think the speed at which the periods go, they’re a little shorter but they’re also more fast paced. College football is college football. You’re going to have fast practices, but I think we really work at a high pace and get a lot done at the same time.”

How much did fans see at the spring game…

“I couldn’t label it with a percentage but there’s a lot, especially for us, that a lot of fans won’t see whether it’s just footwork stuff or little nuances in the game. For the average fan, it’s going to be a little tough to notice those differences, but for us, we’ll be able to break it down and see what we did right and what we did wrong.”

On Washington watching the Rutgers spring game…

“I’m not the coaches, so I’m not sure what formation-wise we cut out and what we didn’t. Obviously like everybody else in the country, I’m sure there’s a lot they didn’t put out.”

On spring game performance…

“I’m happy with how we did. Like coach [Chris] Ash always preaches, we’re not nearly where we need to be. There were a couple of drives where we would score, come back out and go three-and-out, so I think we have to be able to be consistent and keep the pedal to the metal, especially with our offense. We’re going to be able to catch a lot of defenses huffing and puffing. As long as we’re in shape and driving down the field, we’ll be able to do what we do. We just have to be consistent about it.”

On better conditioning…

“Naturally, a lot better, because every single practice for the most part, we move the ball at a no-huddle pace.”

On changes…

“Everybody is going to have philosophies and everybody is going to have rules. It’s just about following them and staying in line. … For certain guys, they’re able to buy in easier because they know coach [Kenny] Parker has been at Florida and he’s been at Ohio State. He’s been around the [Tim] Tebows, the Percy Harvins. He’s seen guys, some of the best players in college football history. He helped push them to that next level. You can’t just show up on pure talent and win a national championship. It takes a lot of sacrifice and a lot of dedication.”


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