Know the Knights: Betim Bujari

More snow hit New Jersey on Monday, but warmer days are coming. Spring practice begins in five weeks29, and's ongoing series "Know the Knights" moves along. Today's profile piece is on offensive lineman Betim Bujari, who should figure into the depth chart.

Betim Bujari enrolled early and was expected to compete for playing time as a freshman, but a nasal condition slowed his progress.

However, the athletic Bujari, an offensive lineman out of Secaucus (N.J.) High, now has spent time in the program and could be ready to contribute in the 2011 season.

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

Betim Bujari

2011 Eligibility:Red-shirt freshman
Ht.: 6-4 Wt: 295
Position: Offensive lineman
High school: Secaucus (N.J.) High
Background: Entered school in January 2010 and took part in spring practice. …Played as a reserve in the 2010 season opener against Norfolk State, but did not make another appearance. …Missed practice time during the season because of a recurring nasal injury, which also kept him out of early spring practices. …Was rated by as a Top 50 offensive guard in the 2010 class. …Played linebacker and defensive line as a senior at Secaucus High and registered 91 tackles, including five sacks. …Born in Albania.

Projected 2011 Role: Bujari was expected to contend for playing time as a freshman, and he made his Rutgers debut in the fourth quarter of the season opener against Norfolk State. However, he didn't play again.
But the Scarlet Knights were seeking a red-shirt season for Bujari because he was slowed much of the fall by a re-lapse of a nasal condition, which forced him to miss the first few sessions of spring practice.
Moving forward, Bujari has the athleticism to play guard and be very effective pulling in Rutgers' power running game. Experience and strength were key issues as he entered the 2010 season, but a year in strength coach Jay Butler's system did wonders for Bujari, who is now competing for playing time.
If Bujari has a strong spring, he could factor into the starting lineup come the fall. If he doesn't push for a spot on the two-deep in the fall, it will be a disappointment.

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