Spring Performance -- A hand injury kept Waters limited in spring but he is expected to be 100 percent and ready to go for training camp. Waters still got a full spring in the film room and in conditioning, but saw limited on-field action and did not play in the spring game.
Expected 2013 Role -- Waters projects to be the lone returning starter in the Rutgers defensive secondary. He can expect an expanded role at safety alongside new addition Jeremy Deering.
Scouting Report -- Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson gave Waters a tough time in his first start against a high-powered offense. Waters struggled with coverage awareness and could not keep up with the relentless Razorbacks passing attack.
After a rough performance against Arkansas, he bounced back with one of the best performances of his career in the win over Connecticut. Waters is mentally tough and improving in deep-help coverage at safety, which remains his weakness.
Waters is a weapon in run support and brings all of the physical tools needed to be an impact safety. Waters moves into the tackle box for hits efficiently and is one of the hardest hitters on the roster. The size and toughness are there. Moving into his second full season as a starter, look for his consistency in coverage to improve and to help fill the voids left by Duron Harmon and Wayne Warren on special teams.
The Bottom Line -- Waters runs like a safety and hits like a linebacker. After being victimized early in his career as a starter, Waters came on strong and should pick up where he left off as a reliable starting safety.