Two-Deep Breakdown: MLB Steve Beauharnais

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 offer a breakdown of first-team middle linebacker Steve Beauharnais.

Taking an in-depth, individual look at the key members of the roster, today looks at senior Steve Beauharnais, who begins training camp as the starting middle linebacker.

Past Experience — Beauharnais has been a valuable Rutgers linebacker since stepping in as a true freshman and putting up huge games against South Florida and Army. Mixing and matching at multiple spots during his first two years, Beauharnais solidified himself as a Big East middle linebacker with a solid junior campaign.

Beauharnais finished second on the team in tackles with 77, well behind leader Khaseem Greene. He emerged as a force at the line of scrimmage with five sacks, three interceptions and a team-best 16 TFLs.

As a Recruit — Ranked as the No. 34 linebacker and a three-star recruit in the Class of 2009, Beauharnais verbally committed in the summer shortly after Rutgers came through with his first offer. Recruited as a strongside linebacker, Beauharnais began his career on the outside before moving to the middle.

Beauharnais spent one year at St. Joseph's (Montvale, N.J.) after transferring from Saddle Brook.

Spring Performance — Beauharnais was one of the few veterans healthy and fully active for spring camp. With linebacker Khaseem Greene and defensive tackle Scott Vallone sitting out, Beauharnais solidified himself as a vocal leader and was as solid as ever in terms of his on-field performance.

Coach Kyle Flood and company know what they have in Beauharnais and limited his work in scrimmage situations to keep him fresh and uninjured heading into training camp.

Does Well — As a middle linebacker, Beauharnais gets it. He is assertive and trusted as the quarterback of the defense. Most importantly, Beauharnais puts himself in position to make plays in both the run and pass game. He is capable in coverage and a force when given the chance behind the line of scrimmage.

Needs to Improve — Beauharnais needs to improve his speed to the sidelines. When Rutgers struggles in running defense, Beauharnais does not close quickly enough to the outside and running backs are able to get into the secondary. When Beauharnais improves his closing speed, watch out.

Long-Term Outlook — Expect Beauharnais to be every bit of a playmaker that a senior middle linebacker should be. Linebacker is likely the strongest starting unit for the Scarlet Knights this season and a big part of that is the experience Beauharnais brings to the table alongside Greene. When the season is over, expect Beauharnais to have multiple honors and some NFL buzz heading into the offseason.

Here is the latest interview with Beauharnais.

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