Past Experience — Deering was an immediate impact player for Rutgers as a true freshman. With the offensive line in shambles and Mohamed Sanu battling injuries, Deering took over the Wildcat formation for Rutgers and excelled. Even at times when it was obvious what was coming, Deering ran for 4.6 yards per carry and 352 yards on the season.
As a sophomore, Deering faded in his transition to running back, but remained an impact kick returner. Deering averaged 31.2 yards per return and his 98-yarder against South Florida turned the tides on a big comeback victory.
Spring Performance — Deering is back at wide receiver after playing running back and struggling last season. In the spring, Deering begin re-learning the position that allowed him to impress as a true freshman.
The transition, however, moved slowly in the spring under new offensive coordinator and receivers coach Dave Brock and Deering will need a strong training camp to get back on track.
Does Well — Deering's physical abilities go unmatched by the majority of college football players. He is fast, strong, tough and instinctual with the football. Deering showed as a true freshman that he can take a beating and his power with the ball in his hands makes him tough to tackle.
He is instinctually quick with the ball, which makes him one of the best kick return specialists in the Big East this season.
Needs to Improve — As a wide receiver, Deering needs to improve his hands and route-running. He struggled with drops during the spring and during his first stint as a receiver. With the impressive depth ahead of him, Deering was not a major passing target in scrimmage situations.
Long-Term Outlook — The challenge for Deering continues to be refining his skills as an every-down player. There is no question that he has the "it-factor" as a college football player, but Rutgers has The challenge for Deering continues to be refining his skills as an every-down player. There is no question that he has the "it-factor" as a college football player, but Rutgers has yet to find the perfect fit for him and time is running out.
Deering has two years left to go from an impact player on special teams to an impact player on every snap.