Two-Deep Breakdown: C Betim Bujari

Spring camp is over and the Rutgers football team is less than two weeks away from training camp. 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 center Betim Bujari.

Taking an in-depth, individual look at the key members of the roster, today looks at sophomore Betim Bujari, who checks in at first-team center.

Past Experience — Bujari took great benefit from a redshirt his first year on campus and found his way into action during the 2011 season.

Bujari was a key component in the position rotation at both guard spots last season. Working alongside the likes of Art Forst, David Osei, Antwan Lowery and Desmond Wynn, Bujari rotated as an interior lineman and experienced mixed results.

As a Recruit — Bujari committed to Rutgers earlier than any prospect in the last five years. In November of his junior year, the three-star Secaucus (N.J.) lineman made his verbal pledge.

The No. 42 guard in the Class of 2010, Bujari committed to Rutgers before any other schools had an opportunity to get involved.

Spring Performance — Bujari checked in as a guard during the spring, but sat out with an injury for the majority of the campaign. No centers made enough of an impression to take the job, which led to a post-spring position change by head coach Kyle Flood.

Bujari has practice and training-camp experience as a backup center, but has never played the position in a game.

Bujari is expected to be full-go for training camp, Flood said.

Does Well — Bujari is strong, tough and blocks with a mean streak. He brings average mobility as an interior lineman and gets a strong first push off the line of scrimmage. He has shown consistent improvement as a lineman since his arrival on campus and is clearly a part of the "best five" in any offensive line rotation this season.

On a roster full impressive first- and second-year linemen, expect Bujari to step it up as a leader this season.

Needs to Improve — The big challenge for Bujari will be the mental aspect of playing center. Rutgers has not had a truly reliable center since the loss of Ryan Blaszczyk and needs Bujari to step into that role.

Though the play-calling role of center is different under offensive coordinator Dave Brock, Bujari still has a role in calling out protections. And as we have seen over the last three seasons, snapping is not as easy as it looks and is occasionally problematic for the Scarlet Knights.

Long-Term Outlook — Bujari has clear NFL potential as an interior lineman. Whether at center or guard remains to be seen, but Flood and offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski have a tough, effective lineman for three more seasons.

Bujari brings strong leadership off the field and is an underrated recruiting, forging strong relationships with younger linemen like Chris Muller during the recruiting process.

Here is the latest interview with Bujari.

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