Two-Deep Breakdown: OL Matt McBride

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 look at second-team guard Matt McBride.

Taking an in-depth, individual look at the key members of the roster, today looks at junior Matt McBride, who begins camp as a second-team guard and is expected to have a role in the position battle for center.

Past Experience — McBride has been a reserve offensive lineman since transferring from Hofstra. Even at times where depth was a major concern, McBride did not make a major push for playing time and focused his efforts on improvement with the practice squad.

As a Recruit — McBride committed and signed with Hofstra and head coach Dave Cohen out of high school. He quickly came onto the Rutgers radar after the Hofstra program closed during his true freshman season. Former coach Greg Schiano offered him a scholarship and he quickly accepted.

Spring Performance — McBride had one of the best springs of anyone on the Rutgers roster. A combination of others' struggles and strong play moved him from a backup to starting center. McBride worked for one week as the starting center before an elbow injury cut his spring short.

With the versatility to play guard or center, McBride impressed coach Kyle Flood this spring with his improvements.

Does Well — McBride has a toughness and grittiness about him that not all linemen have. He seeks out contact and is extremely mobile when moving side to side after the snap.

McBride is slowly becoming a reliable member of the offensive line in practice and the next step will be for him to become a reliable player in games.

Needs to Improve — For that to happen, McBride must get stronger. The first few months with strength and conditioning coach Jeremy Cole have made him stronger than ever, but he is not there yet. Whether he plays center or guard, McBride does not have the strength needed to block interior defensive linemen.

Looking beyond strength limitations, McBride remains relatively new to center and will have to improve on fundamentals like snapping and verbalizing protection calls if he hopes to stay there.

Long-Term Outlook — McBride is going to be a contributor to the Rutgers offensive line before he leaves the program. Whether it comes to an injury or a big week in practice or position change, McBride is going to find his way onto the field.

Offensive linemen take longer to develop than most and McBride is no exception. He is not there yet, but if improvement continues at the rate it did this spring, look for him to see the field this season.

Here is the latest interview with McBride.

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