Two-Deep Breakdown: OL Andre Civil

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 tackle Andre Civil.

Taking an in-depth, individual look at the key members of the roster, today looks at junior Andre Civil, who checks in as a second-team offensive tackle.

Past Experience — Civil has starting experience as an offensive lineman, though he did not experience major success. He started games at the beginning of last season before true freshman Kaleb Johnson emerged as the most reliable tackle on the team.

Moving from defensive end to tackle in the summer of his redshirt freshman year, Civil stuck with the two-deep in 2010 and started in the loss to West Virginia to end the season.

As a Recruit — Civil committed to Rutgers in December of his senior year and was enrolled in classes a month later. A three-star defensive end, Civil enrolled early after picking Rutgers over Connecticut and Georgia Tech.

He was the No. 56 defensive end in the Class of 2009.

Spring Performance — Civil was solid in the spring, specifically with Johnson sitting at left tackle with his shoulder injury.

With R.J. Dill and Taj Alexander locking down the right side, Civil saw plenty of action at left tackle. In the spring game against a watered-down defense, Civil kept both Chas Dodd and Gary Nova from taking a sack.

Does Well — Civil is technically solid and he has the strength to compete with most defensive ends. Though the offensive line was an extreme weakness at the time, he still showed enough in his first four months as a tackle to earn a start over players that had been there for four years.

Needs to Improve — Stiffness remains a concern with Civil when facing off against top talent.

For Civil to reassert himself as a starter, he must improve his first step and general pass-blocking prowess. Slightly under-sized at 6-foot-3, 275 pounds, the technique is critical.

Long-Term Outlook — Civil checks in as the fourth tackle heading into camp, though he could play himself into a primary backup role pending position changes. Johnson and Dill are close to locking down the starting jobs, so it will be up to Civil, senior Devon Watkis and the incoming freshmen to push each other for key backup reps.

With Alexander in a battle for the right guard spot, Civil's role as backup tackle is huge, especially when you take the inexperience factor into account with Johnson at left tackle and Dill in a Rutgers uniform.

Here is the latest interview with Civil.

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