Two-Deep Analysis: RB Desmon Peoples

With spring camp over, ScarletReport.com is ready to look ahead to training camp with an in-depth, daily look at the depth chart. Going player by player, we break down the key players of training camp with an in-depth look today at running back Desmon Peoples.

Redshirt freshman Desmon Peoples brings quickness and excitement to the running back position. With a strong overall spring, Peoples pushed for more work as a play-maker and was one of the best young players on the field.

Rutgers has minimal established depth at running back and needs options like Peoples moving into 2013.

Spring Performance -- It was a breakout spring for the former Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) star, but one that did not end as impressively as it began. Peoples burst onto the scene with his mix of quickness and toughness and put up the best statistical spring of any back on the roster.

Fumbles, however, remained an issue for redshirt freshman back and his blunder in the spring game led to a touchdown for Ian Thomas going the other way.

Expected 2013 Role -- Peoples is a change-of-pace back for Rutgers that could be a lot more than that in 2013 if he continues down the path he started upon this spring. Rutgers and new offensive coordinator Ron Prince need defenses to respect the run and Peoples has a skill-set unmatched by any other running back on the roster. Peoples will play in some capacity, but his touches-per-game will be determined by what he shows in camp.

Scouting Report -- Peoples shows many of the skills that Jawan Jamison did for Rutgers last season en route to 1,000 yards. For a smaller back, Peoples is tough and knows how to avoid big hits. He has above-average vision and cutting instincts between the tackles and is the best off-tackle option on the Rutgers roster.

Peoples has a quickness to the edge that makes him a lock for playing time in 2013 and a legitimate big-play threat. Peoples successfully uses his small frame to dig out extra yards and was not easy for any Rutgers player to bring down during the spring or as a member of the scout team in 2012.

The biggest knock on Peoples is ball security. While he does well in avoid big hits, he is not close to Jamison when it comes to limiting fumbles. Peoples started strong in training camp and again this spring, but saw his playing time diminish with fumble issues. For a small back, the injury concern is always there, but it has not been an issue since high school. Peoples needs to improve his East-West decisiveness with the ball and do less "dancing" on outside runs.

The Bottom Line -- Peoples must overcome fumble issues before competing for starting time, but his unique skill-set has him primed for action.


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