Two-Deep Breakdown: FB Michael Burton

Spring camp is over and the Rutgers football team has three weeks off before regrouping for summer classes. Coming out of the spring, ScarletReport.com is here to individually break down every expected member of the summer two-deep. Today, we analyze starting fullback Michael Burton.

Taking an in-depth, individual look at the key members of the roster, today ScarletReport.com looks at sophomore Michael Burton, who begins training camp as the first-team fullback.

Past Experience — In just his second year with the program, Burton broke out and surpassed fifth-year senior Joe Martinek as the starting fullback.

The athletic back started three games and saw action in 12. Burton totaled 20 touches for 112 yards in his first season, including a 3-yard catch against Army for his first-career touchdown.

As a Recruit — Burton is another name in the long line of walk-ons to find success at Rutgers. A late preferred walk-on recruit by Greg Schiano, Burton enrolled at Rutgers and instantly impressed as a member of the practice squad.

Burton was a star back for West Morris Central (Chester, N.J.), but did not receive major exposure at the smaller school in similar fashion to Martinek at Hopatcong (N.J.).

Spring Performance — Burton did what he needed to during the spring. A near lock for starting fullback, he used the 15 practices to get used to his role in Dave Brock's offense.

Capped off by a powerful touchdown run in the spring game, Burton heads into the summer with momentum as the Rutgers fullback.

Does Well — Burton is an incredible athlete with the right physical tools for the job. He is faster and more agile than the average fullback and moves well with the ball in his hands.

Athleticism won Burton the job last year and more time in a college conditioning program can only make him more dynamic out of the backfield.

Needs to Improve — Burton's blocking is not a determinant to his game, but there is a lot of room for improvement. The Rutgers running back was far from stellar last season and that falls on the fullback position as much as the offensive line. In Burton's three starts, Rutgers averaged 3.0 yards per carry (a 0.2 improvement from the season average) and surrendered seven sacks.

Long-Term Outlook — With three years of eligibility, Burton projects as a dynamic fullback in the right offensive system. Burton will be a top check-down and bootleg target for Rutgers quarterbacks and talented running backs Savon Huggins and Jawan Jamison will enjoy running behind him as he continues his development

Here is the latest interview with Burton.

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