The start of spring practice is in four weeks, and ScarletReport.com has plenty of players to profile to get to the finish line before it starts.
So, we are doubling up, beginning with this segment.
In this installment of “Know the Knights,” ScarletReport.com takes a closer look at offensive tackle Andre Civil and receiver Brandon Coleman:
2011 Eligibility:Red-shirt sophomore
Ht.: 6-3 Wt: 265
Position: Offensive tackle
High school: Sheepshead Bay High (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Background: Switched to offensive line during the season and made his first career start in the season finale at West Virginia. …Red-shirted on the defensive line in 2009 and was a member of the scout team offense. …Started for three seasons in high school, playing defensive end and offensive tackle. …Participated in the Offense-Defense Bowl after making 72 tackles and registering six sacks as a senior. …Was rated 56th-best defensive end in the 2009 class by Scout.com.
Projected 2011 Role: Rutgers is re-shaping its offensive line, and Civil will be in the mix. He started at right tackle in the season-finale against the Mountaineers as the coaching staff took the opportunity to see him in action and figure out how he could fit into the 2011 equation.Brandon Coleman
Civil doesn’t have prototypical size to play tackle, but he brings strength and good footwork to the position.
However, it will not be a surprise if Civil is moved inside and be asked to play either of the guard positions in spring practice.
2011 Eligibility:Red-shirt freshman
Ht.: 6-6 Wt: 218
High school: Bishop McNamara High (Forestville, Md.)
Background: Red-shirted and was a member of the scout team offense as he re-shaped his body and added muscle mass. Developed nicely as the season wore on and was a standout on the scout team by the end of the season. …Was the third Rutgers recruit to play in the Under Armour All-American Gowl. …Rated with four stars and ranked as the No. 34 receiver by Scout.com in the 2010 class. …Made 41 catches for 838 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior, with eight of his scores coming from more than 20 yards out.
Projected 2011 Role: Now that Coleman added strength and has better understanding of the offense, he should be a valuable asset. Much of the attention on Rutgers’ receivers is given to the speed players, but Coleman has the ability to out-leap defenders.
He possesses very good hands, which he showed repeatedly on the basketball court at Bishop McNamara, and is aggressive in going after passes.
His greatest asset early in the season may be his ability in the red-zone, where his length and jumping ability will give him a huge advantage on “jump ball” passes in the corner of the end zone.
Coleman offers a dynamic no other Rutgers receiver brings to the field, and his development will be key for a successful offensive season.