At 6-foot-2, 294 pounds to start training camp, junior Rutgers guard Dorian Miller welcomes the philosophy change on offense.
Miller showcased his mobility at multiple offensive line spots as both an underclassman and a four-star recruit at Metuchen (N.J.) High. He does the same in 2016 as a starting left guard.
“You do have to be able to get on your horse and get going,” Miller said. “This isn't an offense where you can be 350 pounds or 330 pounds and not be able to run or move around. They'll take you but you have to have good feet, be able to be in shape and be able to go up and down the field on the defense. That's one of our advantages in this offense.”
Rutgers remains a run-first team in the power spread, but the focus is different for interior linemen.
“What [offensive line coach AJ] Blazek preaches all the time is getting vertical in the run game,” Miller said. “… We're not necessarily getting out on the second level but just handling up front, carrying the double teams to the second level and things of that nature.”
Hydration and conditioning kept Miller on his game through the first week-and-a-half of training camp.
“I think with this team as a whole, we're just going to be stronger and in great shape,” Miller said. “We're training every single day in this offense to be in shape. The past three or four days, it's been over 100 degrees. The combination of all of that combined with coach Parker's new system, it's all a recipe for success.”
When the Rutgers offensive line takes the field against Washington, the most notable change comes in “the physicality,” Miller said.
“We're going to be a lot more physical this year and I think you'll see us finishing a lot more opponents,” he said.