Two-Deep Breakdown: OLB Quentin Gause

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 linebacker Quentin Gause.

Taking an in-depth, individual look at the key members of the roster, today looks at red-shirt freshman Quentin Gause, who checks in as a second-team outside linebacker heading into training camp .

Past Experience — Gause redshirted as a true freshman where he worked on the practice squad at multiple positions. Struggled early at outside linebacker, former coach Greg Schiano tried Gause at both defensive end and fullback before eventually moving him back to his original position.

As a Recruit — Gause verbally committed to Rutgers on the same day as fellow outside linebacker Kevin Snyder. Gause came down to Syracuse and Rutgers, but signed with the Scarlet Knights where he ranked in as the No. 67 outside linebacker and a three-star recruit in the Class of 2011.

Spring Performance — One of the biggest surprises of the spring, Gause went from a linebacker concern to a borderline first-team player by the end of the campaign. Gause is likely the fifth linebacker in the current rotation heading into training camp.

Though coach Kyle Flood said Gause is not yet ready for game action, his spring was one of the more impressive improvements on the roster.

Does Well — Attitude is Gause's best attribute with a willingness to learn, ask questions and grind in practice to improve his chances at playing time. Gause has good aggressiveness as a linebacker and showed in the spring he can embrace the swarm mentality of a Rutgers defense. He led the team in tackles in scrimmage situations and contributed on a handful of special teams impact plays.

Needs to Improve — Though a marvel to look at physically, Gause is not as agile or quick as a weakside linebacker needs to be in a Robb Smith defensive system. Athleticism can be improved with more time working out in a college program and that will be key for Gause during the summer.

Gause has a mental understanding of the linebacker requirements, but needs to continue to improve the athleticism aspects moving forward.

Long-Term Outlook — Playing time will be tough for Gause to find as a redshirt freshman with three outside linebackers clearly ahead of him on the depth chart. Senior Khaseem Greene will take every snap possible on the weak side barring injury and Snyder and Jamal Merrell bring a lot more experience to the SAM.

It will be a challenge for Gause to slowly earn significant playing time, but he brings the right, hard-working attitude to earn a shot.

Here is the latest interview with Gause.

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