Two-Deep Breakdown: DE David Milewski

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 defensive end David Milewski.

Taking an in-depth, individual look at the key members of the roster, today looks at junior David Milewski, who work as a second-team defensive end in training camp.

Past Experience — Milewski found playing time as a true freshman at linebacker, but a knee injury brought an early end to a strong start to his season. The same issue came up in his sophomore year. After making his way onto the two-deep as a middle linebacker, a knee injury ended Milkewski's season yet again.

As a Recruit — Milewski flew under the radar out of Sayreville War Memorial High where he was an impact player on both sides of the ball. Milewski's athleticism ranked him in as a three-star prospect and the No. 89 linebacker in the Class of 2010. Rutgers was the lone Division I offer for Milewski, who committed early in the process.

Spring Performance — The key for Milewski this spring was learning his new position. Though limited while recovering his knee injury, Milewski began learning defensive end, where he moved midway through spring.

Milewski embraced the position change, but admits that he has a lot to learn.

Does Well — Milewski brings a lot of athleticism and smarts to defensive end. Though his knees are not what they used to be, Milewski has great speed at the defensive end position and enough strength to be competitive.

Needs to Improve — Milewski needs to get bigger and stay healthy. He bulked up significantly since joining the program, but still needs to pack on muscle to become a reliable defensive end.

Two knee surgeries in two years is a concern for Milewski's durability, though players like Kordell Young, Mason Robinson and Tim Wright have shown in recent years that torn knee ligaments do not have to be career ending.

Long-Term Outlook — Health remains the major question for Milewski moving forward. Milewski no longer has the speed to be an impact linebacker, but has plenty of time to transform himself into a valuable member of the deep Rutgers defensive line.

With a new strength coach and new defensive coordinator, the best chance for Milewski to find his way back on the field is with hard work and enough luck to avoid another freak injury.

Here is the latest interview with Milewski.

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