Two-Deep Breakdown: OLB Khaseem Greene

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 take a look at co-Big East Defensive Player of the Year Khaseem Greene.

Taking an in-depth, individual look at the key members of the roster, today looks at fifth-year senior Khaseem Greene, who is begins training camp as the weak-side linebacker.

Past Experience — Greene enters his second year as a starting linebacker for the Scarlet Knights and is the reigning Big East co-Defensive Player of the Year. Greene led the conference in tackles with 141 and climbed high on the Rutgers all-time lists.

Before emerging as one of the top linebackers in the nation, Greene started at safety alongside Joe Lefeged. As a safety, Greene was one of the most feared hitters in the conference.

Off the field, Greene is looked to as a major leader in the locker room. During the coaching change, Greene played one of the biggest roles behind the scenes in keeping the program united before Kyle Flood's hire.

As a Recruit — Greene went unrecruited out of Elizabeth High School (N.J.) and prepped for a year at Avon (Conn.). After his prep year, Greene came in as a two-star safety, but slowly bulked up and climbed the ranks to perhaps the top defensive player in the program.

Spring Performance — Greene spent the spring taking mental reps at weak-side linebacker after recovering from a gruesome leg injury in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

Greene felt ready to go by the end of the spring, but Flood and team doctors erred on the side of caution. When it comes to training camp, Greene is expected to be fighting fit.

Does Well — Greene is a ball hawk. With the mentality and nasty streak of a safety, Greene embodies the Rutgers swarm on defense and had nearly twice as many tackles as anyone else on the team last year.

Greene has a great understanding of the Rutgers defense and is always in a position to make plays and deliver big hits.

Needs to Improve — All that Greene can do now is continue to get bigger, stronger, faster. Coming in as a 180-pound safety, Greene is up to 230 pounds and growing. Greene is now a full-fledged linebacker and the only major question at the college level is how quickly he will heal from his injury.

Greene has yet to have any setbacks and it is not expected to be an issue when it matters most.

Long-Term Outlook — Choosing to return for his senior season despite chances of being an NFL Draft pick, Greene projects as the top linebacker in the conference and has an outside shot at many national awards.

If Greene puts up the same numbers as last season, look for him to enter the NFL workouts and combines somewhere around a third-round pick with the chance to raise his stock even higher.

Here is the latest interview with Greene.

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