Two-Deep Breakdown: S Wayne Warren

Spring camp is over and the Rutgers football team has three weeks off before regrouping for summer classes. Coming out of the spring, is here to individually break down every expected member of the summer two-deep. Today, we keep things going with second-team safety Wayne Warren.

Taking an in-depth, individual look at the key members of the roster, today looks at fifth-year senior Wayne Warren, who is expected to begin training camp as a second-team safety and key player in nickel and dime packages.

Past Experience — Up to this season, Warren's best moments have come as a special teams contributor for coordinator Robb Smith. Warren has multiple blocked punts on his resume and was a game-changer on special teams last season.

With David Rowe graduated, Warren's role as a safety increases.

As a Recruit — As a three-star quarterback and athlete, Warren was close to committing to Delaware. The Blue Hens were expected to give Warren the best shot at quarterback out of Wicomico (Salisbury, Md.) High.

Warren, however, was sold on Rutgers after a December official visit and committed to the Scarlet Knights. After a series of knee problems, Warren got healthy and slowly climbed up the depth chart as a member of the defensive secondary.

Spring Performance — Warren did what was necessary this spring. As a fifth-year senior, coach Kyle Flood and Smith, now defensive coordinator, know what to expect from him. Warren remained healthy, continued to hone his skills in the secondary and worked to mentor some of the younger players looking to make an impact on special teams.

Does Well — Warren is a smart player and becomes dangerous when put forward in the box . Remember, in 2010, Warren moved to middle linebacker for a short time period to help with depth. He brings an impressive physicality to the position.

Warren may now be the best active Scarlet Knight in terms of impact special teams plays. He swarms the returner well on kickoffs and is always near the ball on kick- and punt-block teams. The advantage to established depth at safety is that Warren can be used as much as possible on special teams without gassing him too early in games.

Needs to Improve — Warren does not excel in 1-on-1 coverage situations and is not as quick to the ball as other safeties on the roster. This can change with experience. Trying to separate himself as more than a special teams player, look for Warren to work hard on his coverage skills. He may not start a game, but he will be on the field as often as any starter on defense.

Long-Term Outlook — This is Warren's last stand with the Scarlet Knights and he will look to make the most of it. Warren may never be a first-team, dynamic safety, but he brings significant value and leadership on the defense in multiple ways. Look for Warren to continue to be a play-maker on special teams and play a key role in the secondary behind the starting safeties and in certain packages.

Here is the latest interview with Warren.

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