Two-Deep Analysis: C Betim Bujari

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 center Betim Bujari.

Entering his second full year as the Rutgers starting center, junior Betim Bujari finds himself on the Rimington Award Watch List as the nation's top center. Bujari is one of four returning starters on the Rutgers offensive line after starting every game last season.

Spring Performance -- Bujari did not get a full spring workload with some bumps and bruises but got what he needed out of the 15 practices as a returning starter. Bujari has been a constant for the offensive line in flux and was the only starter not affected by mid-spring personnel changes to the first team.

Expected 2013 Role -- Bujari is the starting center. With little experience and depth behind him, keeping Bujari healthy is huge going into training camp.

Scouting Report -- The first thing that jumps out about the fourth-year lineman is that he plays nasty. As a lineman, being a nasty blocker is a good thing, especially when you limit penalties in the process. Bujari hits hard, embraces contract and is tough in the trenches. He is stronger than the average center, and also has better size at 6-foot-4, 295 pounds.

With NFL size and strength, Bujari does not always use his physical attributes to the best of his ability. He often does not get the type of push he needs off the snap in run blocking. At times, the first step after snap leads to him getting pushed back in pass protection. Rutgers struggled with interior blocking multiple times in 2012, specifically in the loss to Pittsburgh.

Bujari has good mobility and can get to the second level in run blocking. He is improved in his reads and communication at center, but will rely more on quarterback Gary Nova in assigning blockers in the Ron Prince scheme. Bujari needs to improve his durability with ankle issues in the past and no depth behind him.

The Bottom Line -- If Bujari can stay healthy, look for the entire offensive line to benefit from a full year of center experience and the most reliable option since Ryan Blaszczyk.


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