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Saturday Practice Report: Scrimmage Session and Tight End Conversation

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Inside the tight end philosophy, special teams discussion and Saturday's scrimmage, Rutgers assistant Vince Okruch breaks it all down.

The Headline – The good news at tight end is plenty of reps are up for grabs. From injury to graduation, the position is a two-person job in spring.

If not for a move from defensive end by senior Myles Nash, Nakia Griffin would be lonely on the field. The pair splits reps in practice and the reward is major developmental opportunities.

“What a great opportunity to become a player and get on the field some more,” tight ends coach Vince Okruch said regarding Nash's move. “He's done a nice job. I have no reservations. He's getting better each day. It's a little bit foreign to him being on defense for so long but he's been a pleasant addition to the room.”

Griffin, in his third year, displayed “an enormous amount of maturity.”

“He's grown up so much from last year,” said Okruch, who also coaches fullbacks and special teams. “He's physically bigger. He's physically stronger but he's much more emotionally involved in the game. It's become very important to him to become successful as a college football player.”

Nash and Griffin split time in Saturday's scrimmage with the tight end as a deeper focus in Jerry Kill's offense.

“(When I watch film), I'm hoping I saw them finish their blocks,” Okruch said. “A week ago, we were getting where we belong but we weren't necessarily finishing. We caught a couple of balls but we dropped one again. I'm also looking for the speed at which they play.”

Worth Noting – Miami transfer Jerome Washington (shoulder) is “ahead of schedule” in his recovery, Okruch said.

Quote of the Day – “(Tight end) was a move I made for the team. I feel really good about it. I have some natural ability there from stuff I did in high school. Really, I'm just soaking it all in trying to be a sponge, trying to learn as much information as I can. I'm getting more comfortable each week. I think it's a great move for me. Me playing defense and now offense, it will help me. I just want to keep working and keep learning as much as I can.” – Nash.


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