Two-Deep Analysis: LB Quentin Gause

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 linebacker Quentin Gause.

Quentin Gause impressed coach Kyle Flood as a redshirt freshman to the point where he received a spring award. In his sophomore year, the results were similar at linebacker, but it has yet to put him in position for significant playing time.

Entering his third training camp in the Rutgers program, Gause has yet to see significant game action but sees plenty of reps with the varsity roster in practices.

Spring Performance -- Gause had a solid spring and, yet again, came up with some big plays in scrimmage situations. Gause returned a fumble for a touchdown in one scrimmage and forced a fumble in another as a second-team linebacker behind Jamal Merrell. Gause played well enough for Flood that he earned a deeper look in camp at outside linebacker.

Expected 2013 Role -- Look for Gause to resume his role on the kickoff coverage team and see some more second-team reps at linebacker in training camp. Gause faded in playing time heading into last year's camp and could see similar results with Lester Liston, Quanzell Lambert and Steve Longa all strengthening their knowledge of the system.

Merrell and Kevin Snyder have two of the three linebacker positions on lockdown, but injuries happen and Gause has more experience than any of the other reserve linebackers in the system.

Scouting Report -- Gause is back at linebacker after struggling early in his career and trying out fullback and defensive end. Lacking the closing speed off the edge, he makes up for it in some ways with impressive physique and a hunger to learn and better himself in the weight room.

Gause can be overmatched against quicker tight ends and slot receivers while in pass coverage and needs to close faster on the line of scrimmage against the run. Gause has the instincts and tackling ability to succeed at linebacker, but agility training and quickness is the next step to fighting for a starting role in the Rutgers defense.

The Bottom Line -- Gause represents a key reserve at linebacker, which desperately needs to improve its depth after the losses of Steve Beauharnais and Khaseem Greene to the NFL.

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