Two-Deep Breakdown: DT Isaac Holmes

Spring camp is over and the Rutgers football team is two days 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 conclude the two-deep series with a look at junior defensive tackle Isaac Holmes.

Taking an in-depth, individual look at the key members of the roster, today looks at junior Isaac Holmes, who checks in as a first-team defensive tackle heading into camp weekend.

Past experience – Holmes has not been a major player so far, with talents like Scott Vallone and Justin Francis ahead of him in terms of reps. Holmes appeared in 13 games last season, where he recorded 12 tackles off the bench.

As a recruit – A big-time recruit, Holmes chose Rutgers over offers from Florida, Oklahoma, Penn State and Pittsburgh.

Holmes ranked in as a three-star recruit and the No. 29 player at his position in the class of 2009.

Spring performance – Holmes was a breakout performer in the spring. Stepping in as the top tackle with Francis gone and Vallone out with a shoulder injury, Holmes caused problems for the offensive line all spring and consistently beat center Dallas Hendrikson in battles.

Holmes was the star of the second, and most important, spring scrimmage and played himself into a great position to earn a key role in the 2012 defensive line rotation.

Does well – Holmes is strong and has burst off the line of scrimmage. He is finally starting to show the necessary skill-set that comes along with his impressive frame. Holmes has shown an ability to overpower opposing centers and get to running backs quickly before plays are able to develop.

Needs to improve – Experience. Holmes has three years in the program, but has never had a real role on game day. He has seen some solid centers in practice, but some of the centers and guards he will see this season will be a wakeup call.

Strength coach Jeremy Cole has Holmes in good shape coming out of the spring, but there is still room for improvement.

Future – Holmes was not recruited to sit on the bench and will get a chance to earn a huge role in training camp. He is a favorite to start alongside Vallone this season and will become even more important when Vallone moves on at the end of the season.

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