Rutgers’ cornerbacks, offensive line and wide receivers will be the focus in training camp

Matt Sugam

Dan Bracaglia/SNY.tvPISCATAWAY – As Rutgers gets set to take the field tomorrow for the first day of training camp, head coach Kyle Flood will be keeping a keen eye on three positions groups.

Cornerback, offensive line and wide receiver.

The secondary loses three of four starters, only returning safety Lorenzo Waters. Jeremy Deering mans the other safety after switching there full-time in the spring. As for cornerback, Lewis Toler transferred as a grad student from Western Michigan while Ian Thomas, Gareef Glahsen and Nadir Barnwell are among the slew of unproven guys trying fighting for the two starting spots.

“We have got a lot of position battles in that secondary,” Flood said. “A lot of younger players jockeying for position and some really talented players, so that’s going to be a fun, exciting position battle to watch as we go forward to training camp.”

As for the offensive line, spring practice ended with the line looking like this:

Keith Lumpkin at left tackle, Kaleb Johnson at left guard, Betim Bujari at center, Chris Muller at right guard and Taj Alexander at right tackle.

However, there’s nothing set in stone aside from Bujari’s position. The two at the front of the race to earn starting spots are Antwan Lowery, who started every game at left guard last season, and Andre Civil. Flood also mentioned Marquis Wright, Derrick Nelson, and J.J. Denman as guys who could battle for a spot.

Ideally, Flood wouldn’t like it to take all camp for those position battles to end as he’d like to give the offensive line time to mesh.

“I think you’d like to see by the first scrimmage, you’d like to see some significant development up front,” Flood said. “For us this year, the way training camp fell, that will be a week from Saturday. That will be quite a few practices between now and then to get most of the offenses installed, I think that will be a very good bench mark day for that group to be where we’re at.”

As for wide receiver, Rutgers is looking for depth behind veterans Brandon Coleman and Quaron Pratt with the departures of Mark Harrison and Tim Wright.

“[To see] the guys like Leonte Caroo and Ruhan Peele, Carlton Augidosi for their role on this football team in the next few weeks.”

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