Two-Deep Analysis: C Dallas Hendrikson

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 center Dallas Hendrikson.

Slowly adjusting after a transfer in from Iowa Western Community College, Dallas Hendrikson checks in as a fifth-year senior and begins camp as the backup center to Betim Bujari.

Hendrikson sat out his first Rutgers season with a torn knee ligament.

Spring Performance -- Hendrikson got a strong look at center while Bujari battled bumps and bruises and sat out in some scrimmage situations. The experience factor put him ahead of younger guys in spring reps and Hendrikson will have to build on the playing time going into training camp.

Expected 2013 Role -- Hendrikson projects as the backup center, but should Bujari need to miss major playing time, look for coach Kyle Flood to consider position changes at center in a search for the best five linemen.

Scouting Report -- Getting stronger has always been the goal for Hendrikson. He enrolled at Rutgers as a junior needing better upper body strength and that remains the case. Hendrikson worked hard in the weight room on his upper body during a year away with a torn knee ligament but still has work to do. At 6-foot-1, size is a concern inside. Hendrikson gets pushed hard off the line of scrimmage when facing off against the more experienced defensive tackles in the Rutgers program. He struggled in matchups against Isaac Holmes last year in camp.

From a technique standpoint, Hendrikson is a life-long, natural center. He can make the reads necessary and there are rarely snapping issues. Hendrikson needs to improve his foot speed on run plays. Hendrikson brings smarts and determination. He is a gritty athlete that is willing to battle for a chance to play.

The Bottom Line -- The now departed Matt McBride and redshirt freshmen Derrick Nelson and Brandon Arcidiacono all got looks at backup center alongside Hendrikson. Hendrikson needs a strong summer to hold on to his spot or push for playing time.

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