Two-Deep Breakdown: RT R.J. Dill

Spring camp is over and the Rutgers football team has another week 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 break down first-team right tackle R.J. Dill.

Taking an in-depth, individual look at the key members of the roster, today looks at fifth-year transfer R.J. Dill, who is expected to begin training camp as the starting right tackle.

Past Experience — Dill is a three-year starting right tackle at Maryland that opted to graduate and use his final year of eligibility elsewhere. Though Maryland was not a major contender in Dill's three years, the Mechanicsburg, Pa., native piled up more than 30 starts and brings more BCS playing experience than the other four first-team linemen combined.

As a RecruitRutgers did not heavily recruit Dill out of Trinity High (Camp Hill, Pa.). A two-star tackle, rated as the 150th offensive lineman in the Class of 2008, Dill verbally committed to Maryland . He chose the Terrapins, and then head coach Ralph Friedgen, over offers from Akron, Boston College, Duke, Temple and Connecticut.

Spring Performance — Before stepping on campus this January, Dill said he would not come to Rutgers expecting to be handed starting job. Beginning the spring campaign behind sophomore right tackle Taj Alexander, Dill put together a solid spring and slowly took over the first-team job. Alexander missed two practices with a minor injury and Dill stepped in and kept the job at right tackle, allowing coach Kyle Flood to move Alexander inside in search of his best five linemen heading into the summer.

The running game did not dominate in any scrimmage situation and both quarterbacks took their share of sacks, but Dill was the one with the key block on Michael Burton's touchdown run in the spring game.

Does Well — Dill has the nasty streak necessary to be a reliable college offensive lineman and his hulking size and 6-foot-7make him a prototypical right tackle. Dill is technically sound and has a great understanding of what it takes to block in a pro-style offense, after learning at Maryland for four years before coming to Rutgers. According to other linemen on the roster, everyone looks to Dill for advice and analysis in the film room and on the sidelines. For inexperienced tackles like Kaleb Johnson and Alexander, Dill is perhaps their greatest resource other than Flood and offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski.

Needs to Improve — Dill does not have the natrual strength or athleticism of linemen like Johnson or center Betim Bujari. For Dill to go from solid to elite, he needs to take full advantage of strength and conditioning coach Jeremy Cole to get stronger and quicker. A strong spring from Alexander and the addition of multiple talented tackles in the Class of 2012, Dill should get the push needed to step up his game.

Long-Term Outlook — Dill will spend his last year of college eligibility pursuing a post-grad degree and will get a look in the upcoming NFL Draft based on size and experience alone. It would take a lot to unseat Dill as the starting right tackle for Rutgers this year and a solid year blocking for running backs like sophomores Savon Huggins and Jawan Jamison can only help his stock.

Here is the latest interview with Dill.

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