Two-Deep Breakdown: WR Mark Harrison

Spring camp is over and the Rutgers football team has two more 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 take an in-depth look at first-team receiver Mark Harrison.

Taking an in-depth, individual look at the key members of the roster, today ScarletReport.com looks at senior Mark Harrison, who begins training camp as a first-team wide receiver.

Past Experience — Harrison has had an up and down three seasons with Rutgers. For everything he did right as a sophomore, he did wrong as a junior.

Harrison struggled with costly drops last season and his production declined significantly because of that and inconsistent quarterback play. He finished his junior year with 14 catches for 274 yards and two touchdowns.

As a sophomore, however, it was a different story. Harrison broke out with 829 yards and nine touchdowns. Harrison's marquee game came as a sophomore when he went for 240 yards and four touchdowns against Cincinnati.

As a Recruit — Harrison committed to Rutgers in June of his junior year in high school and was rated as a three-star receiver. Ranking in as the No. 52 wideout in the country, Harrison [played as a true freshman in the same recruiting class that includes Mohamed Sanu, Duron Harmon, Tom Savage and Steve Beauharnais.

Spring Performance — Harrison entered spring with a hunger to prove himself after a disappointing junior season. Working with new offensive coordinator Dave Brock and alongside sophomore Brandon Coleman, Harrison displayed improved hands and a strong mental focus through 15 practice, but did not emerge with the same type of eye-opening plays as Coleman.

Does Well — As his first Rutgers quarterback, Savage, used to say, Harrison is a freak. Harrison has everything that Sanu has athletically, but is two inches taller and is even faster in terms of timed track speed. At his best, Harrison look like an NFL caliber wide receiver with his balance of athleticism and aggressiveness.

His hands may not be where they should be, but the senior is aggressive in attacking the football and is a 1-on-1 matchup nightmare for cornerbacks.

Needs to Improve — Consistency is key. Whether it is in route-running, focus or hands, Harrison has never brought consistency at the same level as other top receivers in the program. Even in his breakout sophomore season, take away his Cincinnati game and Harrison had fewer than 600 yards and 34 catches.

Long-Term Outlook — This is it for Harrison. His physical abilities make him an NFL candidate, but a big season can go a long way in earning his way into the draft. Harrison's combination of size and speed and opponent's fear of Coleman should give the senior plenty of opportunities to redeem himself this season.

Here is the latest interview with Harrison.

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