Know the Knights: Paul Carrezola

Spring practice begins March 29, and to make sure everyone is prepared, is profiling each player on the roster leading up to the first session. Today's profile piece is on tight end Paul Carrezola, who is being counted upon to play a big role in 2011.

Rutgers needs to find reliability from the tight end position, and Paul Carrezola will have that opportunity.

Carrezola played a bit role in 2010, but has the athleticism and drive to become a very good tight end. He will compete for significant playing time in 2011, but he needs to prove he is ready by having a strong spring practice.

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

Paul Carrezola

2011 Eligibility: Red-shirt sophomore
Ht.: 6-2 Wt: 235
Position: Tight end
High school: Neshaminy High (Langhore, Pa.)
Background: Played in 12 games and caught two passes for 18 yards in 2010 while lining up at tight end, H-back and fullback. Had a strong spring but slid back on the depth chart once the season began. …Dealt with leg and back injuries as a freshman and red-shirted in 2009. …Member of the Big 33 Pennsylvania team as a senior at Neshaminy. …Rated the No. 22 tight end in the country by in the 2009 recruiting class.

Projected 2011 Role: Rutgers needs to develop tight end depth, and Carrezola is a prime example of the talent that needs to shine through for the offense to be as effective as possible in 2011.
Carrezola will have every chance to unseat D.C. Jefferson as the starting tight end, but he must show an ability to block at the line of scrimmage. His size is not ideal, but he runs well and can get down the field and take advantage of mismatches, providing he is multi-dimensional and can be a useful blocker.
Carrezola has goods hands, and his athleticism is a strong point. New tight ends coach Brian Angelichio could do wonders with Carrezola.
Between Jefferson, Carrezola and Malcolm Bush, Rutgers needs to find two reliable tight ends, so Carrezola will have the chance to spend a significant portion of the 2011 season on the field.

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