Two-Deep Analysis: FB Sam Bergen

With spring camp over, 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 fullback Sam Bergen.

Linebacker did not work out for Sam Bergen and a position change to fullback last year got him on the field for the first time in a meaningful situation. Bergen battled multiple knee injuries in high school and it was a long road to playing time.

Bergen was one of three players used by coach Kyle Flood to replace injured starter Michael Burton during 2012.

Spring Performance -- Bergen got his first chance to play with the ball in his hands and saw plenty of time at fullback during certain situations. When Burton worked at running back, Bergen moved into a first-team slot at fullback. Losing playing time to Paul Carrezola and Beau Bachety late last season, Bergen bounced back as the second option at fullback and a key cog in a position lacking depth.

Expected 2013 Role -- Bergen is the leading contender for the backup fullback role but should be pushed by both walk-on Kevin Marquez and incoming freshman Devan Carter at the position. He brings the best knowledge of the position and experience at the college level, but was inconsistent in 2012. Look for Bergen to contribute on special teams.

Scouting Report -- A 6-foot-, 235-pound junior, Bergen has the body type and skill set to be successful at fullback, but remains new to the position. Bergen has linebacker mobility and is strong enough to hold blocks in most rushing situations.

In his first year as a fullback, pass blocking and blitz pickup was a struggle. Bergen does not bring the same level of versatility or athleticism as Burton but had a handful of solid runs between the tackles in an expanded role this spring.

The Bottom Line -- Bergen was not ready for his starter's role last year and now gets a better chance to learn a new position under a healthy Burton's leadership.

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