Two-Deep Analysis: CB Lewis Toler

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 cornerback Lewis Toler.

One of the newest additions to the roster, cornerback Lewis Toler graduated from Western Michigan and will spend his final year of eligibility playing at Rutgers. Toler committed to Rutgers coach Kyle Flood in the spring after a WMU coaching change that put former Scarlet Knight assistant P.J. Fleck as captain of the ship in Kalamazoo.

Spring Performance -- Toler sat out the spring and has not been a part of an organized team practice since the end of his junior year in December. With Western Michigan, Toler intercepted three passes and made 37 tackles in 12 games.

Expected 2013 Role -- Fifth-year transfers do not come to a program to sit out and programs like Rutgers do not bring in a player like Toler without high expectations. Toler projects as a 2013 started in a new-look defensive secondary and received positive reviews from teammates for his performance in summer workouts.

Scouting Report -- Toler does not have the BCS experience but he has 36 college starts more than any other cornerback on the Rutgers roster going into camp. In a pass-happy conference, Toler was an All-MAC defensive back.

The first thing that pops out about Toler, after his playing experience, is his size. At 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, Toler has enough height to compete with most receivers that Rutgers will face and he does not shy away from contact at the line of scrimmage – crucial in the Rutgers defense. He has 155 tackles in three seasons with Western Michigan and eight career interceptions shows he has the eyes and ball skills to contribute to the Rutgers turnover machine.

Toler was just a two-star recruit out of William Penn (New Castle, Del.) in 2009 but had the physical numbers you look for at corner. Toler added 20 pounds in the weight room since high school, but did not lose any speed (take his reported 4.35 40-yard dash time in high school with a grain of salt). Rutgers desperately needs a veteran presence at cornerback and a big camp for Toler is crucial with Derek Carr and Fresno State looming.

The Bottom Line -- Kyle Flood is 1-for-1 in fifth-year transfers after R.J. Dill went to the NFL this year. Toler needs to follow in his footsteps to an immediate impact.

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