Two-Deep Breakdown: DL Marquise Wright

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 tackle Marquise Wright.

Taking an in-depth, individual look at the key members of the roster, today looks at redshirt freshman Marquise Wright, who will battle for a second-team defensive tackle spot.

Past Experience — Wright redshirted last year, but was one of the more impactful members of the practice squad. It was made clear early in his first camp that a redshirt year was in his best interest, so Wright spent his first year getting in shape and assimilated to college life.

As a Recruit — Wright was a part of the Pittsburgh decommitment group after the firing of Dave Wannstedt. The four-star defensive tackle officially visited Rutgers after his decision and signed with the Scarlet Knights two weeks later.

Wright ranked in as the No. 17 defensive tackle in the Class of 2011 and was a top-five recruit in New Jersey.

Spring Performance — Wright had one of the best springs of any young player. With his physical shape tremendously improved, Wright was powerful as an interior defensive lineman and played well with Scott Vallone and Kenneth Kirksey sitting out of practices and scrimmages.

Because of his spring, Wright went from another body inside to a legitimate contender for a spot in the main rotation, behind Vallone and Isaac Holmes.

Does Well — Wright is explosive off the line of scrimmage and brings tremendous strength to the position. His best asset at this time is his ability to get off the line of scrimmage and make first contact with great speed.

Needs to Improve — Wright is in better shape, but still not physically ready for a full college football season. Summer conditioning is huge for Wright this season.

Under new position coach Jim Panagos, Wright will have to improve his technique as a run stuffer and pass rusher. Real game experience is crucial for Wright, who has not seen any since his days at Paramus Catholic.

Long-Term Outlook — Wright has a big career in front of him at Rutgers. Vallone is on his last stand and Holmes has just two years left. With Darius Hamilton still somewhat of a hybrid, Wright is one of the few, pure explosive tackles in the program.

Rutgers rotates eight on the line and Wright should be a part of that for the rest of his career.

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