Past Experience — Canevari redshirted his first year on campus and provided more than his fair share of good reps on the practice squad.
As a Recruit — Canevari was a late addition in the impressive Class of 2011. Now one of four Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) products on scholarship at Rutgers, Canevari had a stellar high-school career as a running back. During an undefeated senior season, the bruising back went for 1,493 yards and 27 touchdowns.
Canevari also held an offer from Akron and was a two-star recruit.
Spring Performance — He emerged late in the spring as a competitor for the fullback job after some strong practices. He meshed well with high-school teammate Gary Nova during his reps on the two-deep and showed that he has enough spark on offense to keep his name in the race for reps.
Does Well — Offense will not be an issue for Canevari as a fullback. He has solid hands and is more than durable enough to handle the role. Canevari has good instincts running the ball and caught passes well in a limited showing this spring.
Needs to Improve — There is going to be a big learning curve for Canevari when it comes to fullback. He was a featured tailback his whole life before college and has a long way to go in terms of technique, blocking and knowing his role.
Canevari was a bruiser in high school, but needs to get bigger and stronger before taking that same play-style to the Big East.
Long-Term Outlook — Because of depth concerns behind starter Michael Burton, Canevari will get a shot to play this season. But his best days are still ahead of him.
Rutgers brought in Canevari with the hopes of molding him into a dynamic fullback and that will take more time. Burton has the fullback role all but locked up but there is always room for another weapon and improved depth in the backfield.
With his mix of athleticism and size, Canevari has big special teams potential.