Storyline Central: New-Look Linebackers

ScarletReport.com continues its lead-in to training camp series with a look at the linebacker position. The starters are likely set, barring any major surprises in camp, but all three are in new situations. How will the trio adjust to its new roles in the defensive system? Which linebacker is primed for the biggest year?

Steve Beauharnais, Ka'Lial Glaud and Khaseem Greene all have the experience and ability to be starting linebackers in the Big East. But all three are adjusting to new roles within the Rutgers system.

Beauharnais and Greene are multi-year starters, but both are at new positions. Glaud has starting experience, but this will be his first training camp where he comes in as an expected starter.

Beauharnais was the starting middle linebacker last season, but an offseason move to the outside make better use of his talents. The advantage for Beauharnais as an outside linebacker is that he no longer has to worry about calling plays. He can just go out and play. That suits his athletic play style.

Glaud, in his junior year, is no longer a backup or special-teamer, but the quarterback of the defense. In the spring, Glaud proved able, but he, more than any other linebacker, needs the best camp.

Other members of the defense are comfortable taking orders from Glaud and the Winslow Township High School (Sicklerville, N.J.) product is confident in giving them. We'll see if that confidence and ability remains strong as the play-calls get more complex in camp.

Moving Greene from safety to linebacker puts him in a position for a great season. Greene has the body to play linebacker and his coverage skills and agility from three years at safety make him a dynamic player.

Rutgers frequently puts linebackers into coverage instead of subbing in another defensive back. With Greene's safety experience, he can fill this role well, which puts him in position for a strong season if all goes well during camp.

Behind the starters, however, there are only question marks. Edmond Laryea and David Milewski return from ACL tears, senior Marvin Booker will be the fourth man and freshmen Kevin Snyder and Quentin Gause have a shot at early playing time due to lack of depth.

Training camp is critical for reserve linebackers because there are a lot of second-team and special teams reps to be won.

Tale of the Tape:

MLB Ka'Lial Glaud — (Jr. 6-foot-2, 223), career stats: 28 tackles, 2 TFLs

OLB Steve Beauharnais — (Jr. 6-foot-2, 230), career stats: 115 tackles, 13 TFLs, 6.5 sacks, 4 FR

OLB Khaseem Greene — (R-Jr. 6-foot-1, 215), career stats: 110 tackles, 5 interceptions, 4.5 TFLs, 4 FF, 2 sacks

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