Two-Deep Analysis: G Antwan Lowery

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 guard Antwan Lowery.

Fifth-year senior Antwan Lowery is fully transitioned to offensive line, where he made multiple all-conference lists last season. A converted defensive lineman, the 6-foot-4, 300-plus pound guard had an off-and-on spring but represents one of four returning starters from last year's offensive line.

Spring Performance -- It was not a strong spring for Lowery, who lost his starting spot the final week of camp when coach Kyle Flood moved Chris Muller and Kaleb Johnson to the starting guard spots. With the offensive line as a whole showing improvement in the final week, Flood is expected to begin training camp with the same five – putting Lowery in a position where he needs to battle to win back his job. Lowery had multiple impact blocks on big plays, but also surrendered a few big plays of his own when matching up with the more experienced defensive tackles on the Rutgers roster.

Expected 2013 Role -- Lowery's playing time this season depends on how he responds to his demotion in training camp. He brings more experience and is farther along physically than Muller or Taj Alexander at guard, but outworked him in spring and earned their spots. Heading into his final training camp, Lowery will get more than a fair chance to re-gain his starting job at guard.

Scouting Report -- Lowery is a big man, perhaps bigger or heavier than a guard should be at his level of competition. But Lowery's weight has nothing to do with his loss in playing time and demotion to the second team.

Lowery struggled with assignments and penalties during last season's losing streak, which led to a decrease in rushing yards and more pressure on Gary Nova at quarterback from the inside.

Lowery has the brute strength to bully many defensive linemen inside and he can get a tremendous push off the line of scrimmage when he is on his game. He brings a nasty streak to run blocking that turned him into an All-Big East lineman. Lowery's struggles came more in pass protection last year, where missed assignments led to unnecessary pressure inside and penalties were an issue.

The Bottom Line -- Flood benched Lowery for lack of performance in this spring. With a summer for the message to hit home, it is time for Lowery to elevate his game in training camp or risk coming off the bench as a fifth-year senior.


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