Yesterday, we looked at which players had the most to lose during Fall camp.
Today, we will look at which players can raise their stock the most during camp. These guys may be unknown or haven’t played before but will be able to earn playing time over the course of 29 practices.
Harris spent all of last season injured and redshirted. He spent the Spring tearing up the base paths for the baseball team so he has not played a lot of football at Rutgers yet. However, the combination of his athleticism and lack of depth at wide receiver, he can earn lots of playing time this year. He can give Janarion Grant some breathers and come in and play h-back or line up wide. He can also return kicks so there are many ways for Harris to find the field this year.
Before Fall camp, no one really expected Heeman to do much. However, he earned the top spot on the depth chart at right tackle. He doesn’t have the spot locked up as there is clearly a competition between him and 5th-year senior and 2015 starter JJ Denman. However, if Heeman wins the spot, he can go from no-name backup to having one of the most important jobs on the team.
Smolar comes in and has a really good shot and handling the kickoffs. Additionally, he is going to push David Bonagura for the starting kicking job. Rutgers has been really weak at those two positions for the past 10 years and Smolar has the talent to change that. He has the opportunity to work with kicking guru Vince Okruch and develop himself from just a big leg into an NFL-type kicker, which he has the talent to become.
Clayton already has a death grip on the starting job at strongside linebacker. However, his potential is limitless. He is moving from safety so he is learning all new things this year. He is playing the hybrid linebacker position that Chris Ash pretty much invented and perfected. Clayton has the potential to be an All-B1G linebacker and will continue to get better every single day.
Allen is listed as a co-starter at QB but he is without a doubt trailing Chris Laviano in the QB competition. With that being said, the job is far from decided. We all know Laviano had a great Summer, but Allen can have a great Fall camp and push Laviano more than the coaches initially thought. Allen was brought in to push Laviano and if he maximizes his opportunities he could wind up as the starter and shock everyone.