Two-Deep Analysis: S Sheldon Royster

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 safety Sheldon Royster.

Sheldon Royster is comfortably settled into his Rutgers role after transferring from South Carolina midway through the fall. Royster sat out his required year under NCAA transfer rules and spent the spring working to position himself into the mix at a depleted safety position.

Spring Performance -- Spring camp was huge for Royster's transition to a member of the Rutgers defense. After time in the South Carolina playbook and on the scout team, Royster finally got his chance to run the Rutgers playbook and experienced highs and lows in the spring. Injuries gave Royster a prominent role in the secondary by the end of spring and some momentum going into training camp where he will compete for a second-team spot.

Expected 2013 Role -- Royster is not in the first three for playing time at safety going into camp but with many players coming off injury, look for the sophomore to make a push for playing time in camp. Royster's playing time has yet to be determined but special teams and second-team action in the secondary is the projection before camp.

Scouting Report -- Royster brings power and toughness to the Rutgers secondary. Playing physical is no issue for Royster, who needs to improve his coverage skills and display better recovery speed.

Royster can be a weapon when used close to the line of scrimmage, both in run support and blitzes. For every hard-hitting disruption Royster can make, the same aggressiveness needs to shine through on other read-and-react situations.

The Bottom Line -- Royster has more growth to do in the Rutgers secondary and has to show coach Kyle Flood that he is ready for major playing time in a turnover-centric defense.

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