Top 5 Position Changes

Turning the calendars to June and concluding the spring evaluation period, introduces a new series. The "30 lists in 30 days" series is designed to lead us into the camp circuit. Have your own thoughts on one of our lists? Feel free to debate on the message boards. Today, we look at the top five position changes

After a disappointing 2010 season, the Rutgers coaching staff put a large number of Scarlet Knights in new positions. This list looks at the top five in terms of ability to make an impact in 2011.

5.) RB to CB: Mason Robinson — Robinson took home the spring award for his perseverance through a knee injury. He received praise from Schiano multiple times for his quick transition to cornerback.

Robinson was, at best, a third-down back in his four years on offense. The former primary backup to Ray Rice has a strong chance to earn a starting job at corner with no one separating himself during the spring.

4.) LB to DE: Manny Abreu — Abreu came to Rutgers with lofty expectations to make an impact as a linebacker, but never emerged as an impact player at the position.

With a lack of depth at end, putting Abreu's hands on the ground could unleash the beast within. Training camp will be huge for the fifth-year senior.

3.) WR to RB: Jeremy Deering — The only thing preventing Deering from being higher on this list is the competition at the position. With Savon Huggins enrolled and De'Antwan Williams and Jawan Jamison turning in strong springs, Deering has to compete for every touch.

Moving Deering to a position where he can rush the ball out of conventional packages will benefit him in the long run.

2.) RB to FB: Joe Martinek — In Frank Cignetti's offensive system, the fullback is key. Just look at what Henry Hynoski did to the Scarlet Knights last year at Heinz Field.

Martinek, named the first-team fullback despite missing the spring, has been a playmaker on the Rutgers offense since his red-shirt freshman season and that will not change as a fifth-year senior.

1.) S to LB: Khaseem Greene — Greene was among the most feared safeties in the Big East last season and he will bring that hitting ability to the linebacker position.

As Greene continued to mature physically, it only made sense for him to make the move. The true advantage to the move comes in Greene's coverage skills. Frequently in the Rutgers defense, linebackers like Antonio Lowery or Damaso Munoz dropped into coverage. That role likely falls into Greene's overqualified hands this season.

Greene was comfortable at linebacker in the spring and has all-conference potential from the get-go.

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