Know the Knights: Givens and Glashen

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. This profile piece focuses on a pair of players in the secondary in safety Darrell Givens and cornerback Gareef Glashen.

The latest installment of "Know the Knights" centers on the secondary with a pair of players yet to make a mark on the field but who came to Rutgers with loads of optimism and high expectations.

Safety Darrell Givens originally signed with Penn State before he headed to Rutgers a cornerback and Gareef Glashen originally committed to Syracuse before flipping late in the process and choosing to play cornerback at Rutgers.

Here is a look at Givens and Glashen:

Darrell Givens

2011 Eligibility:Red-shirt sophomore
Ht.: 6-1 Wt: 180
Position: Safety
High school: Lackey High (Fort Washington, Md.)
Background: Was a reserve safety last season after making the move from cornerback in the spring. …Red-shirted in 2009 and was a member of the scout team defense. …Originally signed with Penn State in Feb. 2009 but was denied admission to the school and enrolled at Rutgers in time for training camp.

Projected 2011 Role: There are a few players a year in which Schiano will categorize as being someone who needs to show they are ready to make the jump and be a game-day contributor. Givens could be one of those players this spring.
He came to Rutgers highly touted after not being admitted to Penn State, but struggled in coverage as a true freshman on the scout team and was shifted to safety.
Now, both safety positions are wide open heading into spring practice, which means Givens gets a chance to prove his value and earn playing time.
He has the size to be a physical strong safety near the line of scrimmage, but there are questions about his speed. As the 2010 season unfolded, he began to get comfortable and play better at safety in practice.
He will have the opportunity to play in 2011, but will he seize the moment?

Gareef Glashen

2011 Eligibility:Red-shirt freshman
Ht.: 5-10Wt: 190
Position: Cornerback
High school: Carol City High (Miami)
Background: Red-shirted and worked on the scout team in 2010. ...Two-year starter at Carol City who made 58 tackles and had 12 pass break-ups as a senior. …Standout track performer in high school in the 100 and 200 meters and 4 X 100 and 4 X 4000. …Is third player from Carol City to play for Rutgers coach Greg Schiano, joining Alfred Peterson and Corey Barnes.

Projected 2011 Role: Glashen has legitimate 4.4 speed, and he was in the mix for a starting spot in 2010 until a hamstring injury midway through training camp sidelined him for a month and he wound up red-shirting.
He is physical in press coverage and has the speed to keep pace on deep balls and make up lost ground.
There are questions about his height and he needs to prove he can also come up and stop the run, but he will contend for a starting spot at cornerback in the spring. Don't be surprised if Glashen is lining up at one of the cornerback spots in the season opener against North Carolina Central.

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