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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Ruhann Peele's shift to corner leaves subtle shift in Rutgers' receiver rotation



By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto
tbarto@trentonian.com

Despite redshirt freshman Ruhann Peele's move to corner for at least the next two games, Quron Pratt says it doesn't affect Rutgers' receiver rotation.

"It doesn't change  a thing," Pratt said Wednesday. "Ruhann is a great competitor, he can play on both sides of the ball. Whatever coach's plan is, that's what we're going to do. It's really not up to us, it's up to them because they're the coaches. We trust them to make the right decisions."

Rutgers incorporates myriad receiver packages into its game day play calling, including formations and personnel packages. It even lines up its base package — a tight end and two running backs — in traditionally pass-heavy looks.

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Peele, Rutgers' third-leading receiver entering last Saturday's game against Temple, played a large role in those packages. Pratt, Rutgers' likeliest full-time slot receiver, said he could still see others playing in a similar role.

"I can't really add up to that," he said. "We have Janarion (Grant), Janarion's a young guy in the slot. I learned all the positions in the spring and camp. I can play on the outside. It could be clarity, but the coaches make those decisions."

["I learned all the positions in the spring and camp. I can play on the outside. It could be clarity, but the coaches make those decisions." — Quron Pratt]

Pratt, meanwhile, has made noticeable contributions during Rutgers' last two come-from behind drives against both Arkansas and Temple. 

The fifth-year senior was targeted three-times on the two drives, including an 8-yard catch against Temple that stopped the clock when he managed to get out of bounds.

"He's always been able to play every position," head coach Kyle Flood said Thursday. "He plays on special teams and does all of those things very well. I think this year has allowed him to take more reps and be out in front a little bit more, which is why I think more people notice it."

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