Rutgers Spring Ball: Anticipated Debuts in 15 Upcoming Practices

Which debuts and increased roles are most-anticipated for Rutgers football? Chris Ash beings spring practice campaign No. 2 Thursday, and it means plenty of change for the Scarlet Knights.

5. Offensive lineman Micah Clark – While the best thing for Clark is to put his head down and work, any time the No. 1 player in New Jersey enrolls at Rutgers, his practice debut becomes highly anticipated. Clark is a long way from his potential. Athletic enough to wrestle and play volleyball at a high level in high school, how will Clark handle the day-to-day battle in the Big Ten trenches?

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4. Offensive Lineman Sam Vretman – Clark brings the higher rating and hype as a personality, but Vretman brings the coaching buzz. In Vretman's first two months of workouts, coaches and strength staff both talked about early playing time and weight room strides from Vretman. Older and stronger than the average freshman lineman, Vretman's reps could springboard him into playing time.

3. Graduate Transfer Damon Mitchell – Could Rutgers have two Janarion Grant's on the field this season? The older Mitchell brings the same background with the burning desire to prove himself after years on the Arkansas sidelines. Mitchell was one of New Jersey's most dangerous high school players. He brings the same danger sense to a rebuilding Rutgers offense this spring. Grant will be healthy coming off a broken ankle, but Mitchell lets Rutgers have more of a passing threat out of potential wildcat and special packages.

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2. Wide Receiver Ahmir Mitchell– Sick of hearing about lack of separation or talent at the skill positions? The younger Mitchell came to Rutgers to change that. Mitchell got a full fall and winter of developmental time after his Michigan transfer. Spring is Mitchell's first real chance with the ones … if he can earn the playing time. While traditional transfers have a low success rates at Rutgers, 6-foot-3, four-star receivers are more than welcome if they earn it on the field.

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1. Offensive Coordinator Jerry Kill – Rutgers has the pleasure of yet another spring practice campaign with a new offensive coordinator. While Kill brings new terminology and philosophies to an offense that hasn't had play-calling consistency in eight years, the former Minnesota head coach is far from a neophyte in the business. Kill does not yet have all of his pieces in place, nor will he showcase the full force of his offense in the spring game, but he can give a taste of what to expect this season. If Kill's impact on 2017 recruiting is any sign, the spread offense is in line for serious evolution.


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