Spring Lesson: Like defensive line, a lot of young, unproven players have a shot at playing time this season. Unlike the defensive line, the starters are proven veterans.
The linebackers are admittedly approaching the season with chips on their shoulders. The Rutgers defense allowed seven 100-yard rushers last season and don't plan on letting that happen again.
Starters out of Spring: All of the first-teamers in the spring game have starting experience — just not necessarily at their new position.
Outside linebackers Steve Beauharnais and Khaseem Greene are seasoned starters, but both are adjusting to new positions this season.
Beauharnais, who started at the MIKE last season, said he is happy to be back on the outside where he played his freshman year. Greene, who was one of the most feared safeties in the Big East last season as a hard-hitter, brings a lot of speed and coverage skills to the linebacker position.
Middle linebacker Ka'Lial Glaud was a fourth-man last season. With Antonio Lowery gone and Manny Abreu moved to defensive end, he was the logical choice to move into a starting role.
After initially flipping a coin to choose Rutgers, Glaud slowly climbed up the ranks to starting middle linebacker and, after a good spring, will begin training camp as a first-teamer for the first time.
Got a Chance: Piscataway High School product Marvin Booker worked out of position for the better of the team this spring, according to Greg Schiano, and should see an increased role in his senior season.
Booker struggled with injuries as a reserve linebacker, but brings a lot of experience as one of two seniors in the unit.
The other senior linebacker, Edmond Laryea, is in his sixth year after a torn ACL last season. Laryea worked at both fullback and linebacker last season. Laryea initially committed to Rutgers in 2005 as a running back and linebacker.
Without much depth behind the starters, red-shirt freshman David Milewski and true freshmen Quentin Gause and Kevin Snyder also have chances at cracking the two-deep or playing on special teams.
Milewski is on the mend from a knee injury last year while contending for a spot on the two-deep. Gause and Snyder are both big workout guys and said they both plan on showing up in great shape this June.
Needs More Time:
Red-shirt freshmen Fred Overstreet and Sam Bergen did not work with the first or second-team defense in the spring game. Instead Jamal Merrell and walk-on Nick DePaola worked on the outsides with Booker playing in the middle.
That's probably the pecking order at the beginning of training camp with walk-on Justin Mills rounding out the group.
Schiano's Take: "I think [Glaud] developed. I think he improved quite a bit this spring. I think he not only did it this spring, but I think he did it in the offseason. He made gains in the strength and conditioning area and then also played better on the field.
"I think we really have to study that linebacker mix and find out how we're going to best position the six guys that we will count as the two-deep. I'm not sure we will be able to do that until we are well into training camp. We have some guys coming back off injuries that have not had the opportunity to practice.
We will try to forecast the best we can and then after scrimmage one, we will try to lock in some guys if we can. I think we have some players there. It's just making sure they are in the right spot. I think Khaseem (Greene), like I said, has been a big addition."
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