KTK: Glaud, Greene, Harmon and Harrison

Spring practice begins March 29, and to make sure everyone is prepared, ScarletReport.com is profiling each player on the roster leading up to the first session. The latest "Know the Knights" feature profiles four integral members of the 2011 team in Ka'Lial Glaud, Khaseem Greene, Duron Harmon and Mark Harrison.

Spring practice starts in a week, and we've got loads of players to get through as ScarletReport.com profiles each member of the roster heading into spring practice.

This installment of "Know the Knights" hits a quartet of players expected to make big contributions in 2011 in Ka'Lial Glaud, Khaseem Greene, Duron Harmon and Mark Harrison.

Here is a look at the quartet:

Ka'Lial Glaud

2011 Eligibility:Junior
Ht.: 6-2 Wt: 223
Position: Middle linebacker
High school: Winslow Township High (Atco, N.J.)
Background: Was the backup at weakside linebacker and strongside linebacker and made 19 tackles in 11 games last season. …As a freshman played in 12 games, mostly on special teams, and made eight tackles. …Played linebacker and quarterback as a senior in high school, making 87 tackles (8 sacks) and throwing for 1,379 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Projected 2011 Role: Glaud finally has a home on the defense, and it is an incredibly important one as he takes over the middle linebacker position in spring practice with Steve Beauharnais moving to strong-side linebacker.
Glaud already knows the middle, having spent time there during his first two seasons in the program while also playing on the weak side. He combines speed and size, and by playing in the middle should make Rutgers a faster defense.
Nothing is written in stone with Glaud playing in the middle, but the moves made by the coaching staff are a strong indication of the direction Rutgers wants to head.
If he isn't the starting middle linebacker for the opener, it means he either got injured or he didn't perform up to the standards the staff thought he would.

Khaseem Greene

2011 Eligibility:Red-shirt junior
Ht.: 6-1Wt: 215
Position: Weakside linebacker
High school: Elizabeth (N.J.) High/Avon (Conn.) Old Farms
Background: Was a first-year starter at free safety in 2010 and was third on the team with 77 tackles and had three of the Scarlet Knights' eight interceptions. …Played in 13 games in 2009 while backing up Zaire Kitchen and made 33 tackles. Was also a member of the special teams. …Red-shirted in 2008. …Is the brother of Pittsburgh running back Ray Graham. …Spent a post-graduate year at Avon Old Farms after starring as a safety at Elizabeth High.

Projected 2011 Role: Greene is one of the central figures in the position changes across Rutgers' defense, which were done to make the Scarlet Knights faster on that side of the ball.
He is moving from free safety to weakside linebacker in the spring, which means Greene will have to add weight to be able to handle the physical play associated with linebacker.
However, Greene's transition makes plenty of sense because he has the athleticism, and he also knows how to play in coverage. Learning the assignments will be key, but he is a smart player who watches loads of film.
Like Glaud, if Greene isn't the starting weakside linebacker against North Carolina Central, it means something went wrong.

Duron Harmon

2011 Eligibility:Junior
Ht.: 6-1 Wt: 198
Position: Safety
High school: Caesar Rodney High (Magnolia, Del.)
Background: Moved into Rutgers' nickel back role during the 2010 season while backing up Joe Lefeged at strong side linebacker. …Made his only career start Oct. 16 against Army when the Scarlet Knights played with five defensive backs. …Made 21 tackles last season. …Played in 12 games as a backup and special teams player as a freshman and made nine tackles. …Played running back and safety in high school and averaging 9.2 yards per carry and scored 20 touchdowns as a senior. …Rated the No. 36 cornerback prospect in the nation by Scout.com in the 2009 class.

Projected 2011 Role: Harmon has the physical skills to play strong safety. He is big and physical, and doesn't mind playing close to the line of scrimmage, but there will be plenty of competition as Rutgers looks for more speed in the secondary.
Having spent two seasons as Lefeged's understudy was huge, and it should give him plenty of confidence entering the spring.
This is Harmon's time to shine and give the Scarlet Knights some experience in the secondary, but there are plenty of young guys ready to make a move as well and battle for playing time.
Harmon can grab the position in the spring, but this could be a competition that rides into training camp, or even continues throughout the season.

Mark Harrison

2011 Eligibility:Junior
Ht.: 6-3 Wt: 230
Position: Middle Receiver
High school: Bunnell High (Stratford, Conn.)
Background: Became the go-to guy in 2010 with big-play capability as he caught 44 passes for 829 yards (18.8 ypc) and nine TDs. …Made 10 catches for 240 yards and tied a school record with four TDs in a loss at Cincinnati. …Tied Mohamed Sanu for most catches. …Scored nearly one-third the Scarlet Knights' 27 offensive touchdowns. …Caught five passes for 83 yards in eight games as a freshman. …Caught 61 passes for 1,673 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior at Bunnell. …Rated the No. 52 receiver by Scout.com in the 2009 class.

Projected 2011 Role: Harrison is now the target for every other school to watch in the Scarlet Knights' passing game. Under the tutelage of receivers coach P.J. Fleck, Harrison turned into a game-changer while providing the Scarlet Knights with a deep threat.
His development made it possible for Jeremy Deering to shift to running back, and he gives the Scarlet Knights a strong 1-2 combination with junior receiver Mohamed Sanu.
Harrison has the size to be a possession receiver and the speed to break games open. If the Scarlet Knights develop a running game and can utilize play-action in 2011, Harrison could be looking at being an all-conference performer.


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