Two-Deep Analysis: OL Andre Civil

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 offensive lineman Andre Civil.

Rising senior Andre Civil represents one of the more successful defensive line conversions at Rutgers. Moving from defensive end to tackle three years ago, Civil started at tackle and guard during his last two seasons at Rutgers.

Spring Performance -- Civil played himself into a battle for time at right tackle with Taj Alexander. The two battled for guard reps last season and did the same at right tackle by the end of camp following position changes.

Civil began the spring as a starting tackle, but with a line stuck in the mud in the run game, coach Kyle Flood made changes. The Brooklyn fifth-year senior dropped down to second team at the end of camp when Alexander pushed out to tackle to make room for Chris Muller and Kaleb Johnson inside.

Expected 2013 Role -- Civil has work to do in camp to win back a spot on the first team, but he should see the field because of his versatility and experience working under Flood. Civil can play guard or tackle and has done both in games and projects as a second-team option at both positions moving into camp.

Scouting Report -- Civil added plenty of good weight during his time in the strength program, but still does not bring the size of a prototypical tackle, which became an issue for him early in his career. At 6-foot-3 and topping out around 280 pounds, Civil struggled with consistency during his year at left tackle because of it and moved out of the first team for Alexander at right tackle this spring.

Civil makes up for his height with quick, precise footwork and good strength. The offensive line improved each year with Civil moving to various roles on the line and was best with him playing at guard. Civil has a better guard skill-set with his footwork and is strong enough to get a push against a solid defensive line. Civil does not have mobility issues but can get better with his ability to meet defenders at the snap and get to the second level in run blocking. Civil did well in limiting penalties as the 2012 right guard and was stellar in Savon Huggins' big game against Cincinnati.

The Bottom Line -- Civil can push back for time at guard or tackle with Flood still looking for the best five on the line. How hard Civil pushes for the first team is up to what he shows Flood, Damian Wrobewlski and Ron Prince in camp.


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