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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Proving it in Piscataway (No. 18 — Ruhann Peele)

(AP photo)
By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto

Less than a month remains until the start of Rutgers training camp. This top-25 countdown will run infrequently, documenting who's got the most to prove in 2014.

No. 18 — WR Ruhann Peele (6-foot-1, 185 pounds)

Why Peele's on the list: Peele showed a knack for getting open in the middle of the field as a true freshman ... before injuries forced the coaching staff to move him to corner.

Now back on offense,  Peele — tied for most returning catches (28) for a receiver — must give direction to an inexperienced group.

But a foot injury sidelined him during the middle of camp, and his timetable to return is unknown.

Will he undergo surgery? Or does a more cautious, short-term approach win out?

During training camp, keep an eye on: Peele's availability.

Should he return, Peele will likely be under medical scrutiny through August. He's not the type of player to watch from the sidelines.

2014 outlook: It's a big guessing game on this front.

His foot healed, Peele has a knack for the slot that few possess. But a slow recovery could force others into the role. A jury awaits.

More from the countdown: No. 17 — LJ Liston
No. 19 — Desmon Peoples

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