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Damon Mitchell Previews Cedar Creek Takeover at Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers doubles its Cedar Creek numbers in June when Bo Melton and Owen Bowles join brothers Damon and Ahmir Mitchell. After an impact spring as Rutgers' top receiver, Damon Mitchell previews training camp and weighs in on Cedar Creek vs. Timber Creek at Rutgers.

Fifth-year senior receiver Damon Mitchell on teaming up with Ahmir Mitchell before injury...

It was awesome. We did it for a year in high school, so it was like going back in time. He's still out here. He still comes out to practice and gives me a hard time when he feels like I can do a better job. Just because he's down, he's still around.”

On Cedar Creek's growing Rutgers pipeline...

Coach (Tim) Watson and those guys in South Jersey and that staff at Cedar Creek do a great job when it comes to developing guys mentally. What I mean by that, the physical side will take care of itself. They're just making sure we're there in-tuned with the game and working together. It's our nature coming from that program. When they get here, it's going to be long summers outside the football facilities just coming out with Owen (Bowles) getting his pass-pro steps and me and Bo (Melton) and Ahmir and all of us receivers doing some more routes. We're going to do everything we need to do to make each other better.

On South Jersey fun with Timber Creek...

We have a little deal with Myles (Nash) and Tyreek (Williams) because they try to claim they're the 'real Creek.' We give them a hard time. We say, how many guys we have coming in? There's only two of them. … We just hit them with, 'we're the real Creek. Welcome to Cedar Creek.' It's going to be fun.”

On Jerry Kill's offense...

It's fast. Playmakers are out in space. (They) get the ball. It allows me to be physical at times. It's quick, and I like that because when the defense gets tired, you get to really find their flaws. ...

I'm taking it in. I feel like, myself, I'm my worst critic. I have to be more consistent and do what I need to do to make sure that our room and this team are better. I've played and flashed some good football thus far but I just know what it takes to get to that next level. I want to be there. I've got some work to do.”

On where Mitchell needs to improve...

Beating different coverages and identifying them as well is where I feel I need too sharpen. I've got knowledge in it, but I need to tighten it up.”


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