Two-Deep Breakdown: RB Jawan Jamison

Spring camp is over and the Rutgers football team is back on campus for summer classes and workouts. Coming out of the spring, is here to individually break down every expected member of the summer two-deep. Today, we continue momentum toward camp with a look at running back Jawan Jamison

Taking an in-depth, individual look at the key members of the roster, today looks at sophomore Jawan Jamison, who will compete for the starting halfback job in training camp.

Past Experience — Jamison exploded onto the scene as a redshirt freshman. After starting the year buried on the depth chart, Jamison emerged as a starter by midseason and had the best freshman season as a running back since Ray Rice.

The MVP of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Jamison finished the season with 897 yards and nine touchdowns.

As a Recruit — Out of the Bolles School (Jacksonville, Fla.), Jamison verbally committed to Rutgers after a January official visit over offers from Northern Illinois and Clemson.

Jamison ranked in as a three-star back and 81st overall at his position in the Class of 2010.

Spring Performance — Jamison had a solid, but not spectacular spring camp. He did not put out explosive plays, but performed consistently. Most importantly, Jamison was well-conditioned during the spring after battling issues during his first two seasons.

Jamison capped off his spring with 43 rushing yards and a touchdown in the spring game.

Does Well — Between body type and production, it is hard not to draw certain comparisons to Rice. There is no question that the two are different players, but Jamison, like Rice, has top-notch vision out of the backfield and a talent for breaking tackles against the front seven.

A short, stocky running back, Jamison is tough to take down when he plants his feet properly and his vision and cutback ability led to huge games against Cincinnati and Iowa State as a redshirt freshman.

Needs to Improve — Jamison showed up out of shape to two straight training camps. Now that he is being counted on for a heavy workload in games, Jamison needs to spend this training camp learning a new system and improving his skills, not getting back into shape.

The comparisons to Rice fall on both sides of the coin, as he has not yet developed breakaway speed.

Long-Term Outlook — Jamison has three more years at Rutgers and is the leading contender to break 1,000 rushing yards for the first time since Rice in 2007. His playing time depends on his own improvement, along with the way competition shakes out between himself, Savon Huggins and other running backs.

Here is the latest interview with Jamison.

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