Two-Deep Breakdown: OL Antwan Lowery

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 offensive lineman Antwan Lowery.

Taking an in-depth, individual look at the key members of the roster, today looks at junior Antwan Lowery, who will compete for a starting guard spot.

Past Experience — The big man did not have an impact as a defensive tackle and was quickly moved to guard where he found early success in the program.

Lowery played in 10 games and started four at guard as a redshirt freshman in 2010, but the line as a whole struggled mightily. As a sophomore, Lowery's playing time dropped sharply with experienced guards like Desmond Wynn and Art Forst stepping up for the Scarlet Knights.

As a Recruit — With his brother Antonio Lowery already working his tail off at Rutgers, Antwan Lowery made his verbal commitment in December of his senior year of high school over finalists Florida State and Miami. Lowery ranked in as a three-star recruit on and was the 56th best guard in the Class of 2009.

Spring Performance — As much as Lowery disappeared last season, the big man made his resurgence this spring under new coach Kyle Flood and offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski. There were times under Greg Schiano where it seemed like Lowery would not return to the field, but he worked his way into a co-starter role with Flood this spring.

Lowery stayed healthy this spring and worked primarily as a first-team guard.

Does Well — Lowery is huge and packs a lot of strength with his 6-foot-4 frame. He gets a great push off the line of scrimmage and blocks with the mean streak needed to be a top Division I guard.

Needs to Improve — Lowery does not have great mobility and has spent portions of his college career not in the best shape. The best thing Lowery can do for himself before training camp starts is follow the plan set up for him by strength and conditioning coach Jeremy Cole to make sure he reports for camp looking impressive and ready to play football.

Long-Term Outlook — Lowery has two years of eligibility remaining in his college career and he still has the potential to be a multi-year starter for Rutgers. Before the next crop of freshmen arrive, Lowery is one of three guards (alongside David Osei and Taj Alexander) competing for two spots and is a favorite to win a job based on his experience and skillset heading into camp.

However, Lowery was also a favorite to start at guard last season and his playing time progressively decreased. Lowery's role on the team this season will be dictated by his own hard work and the performances of younger linemen in the system pushing him for his spot.

Here is the latest interview with Lowery.

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