Know the Knights: Sam Bergen

Spring practice begins March 29, and each day leading up to it will unveil another player in the "Know the Knights" feature. Today's profile piece is on linebacker Sam Bergen out of East Stroudsburg (Pa.) High.

If linebacker Sam Bergen didn't suffer a season-ending knee injury during his junior season at East Stroudsburg (Pa.) High, he may have been one of the top recruited players in the 2010 class.

Then, a few weeks after committing to Rutgers in 2009, he tore a ligament in his other knee and missed the end of his senior season.

In this installment of "Know the Knights," takes a closer look at Bergen:

Sam Bergen

2011 Eligibility:Red-shirt freshman
Ht.: 6-0 Wt: 225
Position: Linebacker
High school: East Stroudsburg (Pa.) High
Background: Spent 2010 on the scout team defense while working his way back from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee suffered during his senior season of high school. …Was a fullback and linebacker for the Cavaliers. …Made 78 tackles and had four sacks in nine games as a senior. …Missed much of his junior season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Projected 2011 Role: Bergen was still rusty in training camp last year and spent the season on the scout team while he continued to strengthen his knee and learn the defensive system.
Rutgers has a need for depth at middle linebacker, but with Steve Beauharnais, Ka'lial Glaud and David Milewski all in the mix, Bergen may find he needs to work his way up the depth chart to figure into playing time in 2011.
However, Milewski is rehabbing from ACL surgery, and is expected to be limited in spring practice, and that could allow Bergen to get more reps.
Another interesting option is for Bergen to move to fullback, a position he played in high school. He is rugged and tough-nosed, and could develop into a very good lead blocker.

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