Camp Primer: Five Key Losses

The countdown to training camp continues with players set to report Aug. 1. Eight days from the start of training camp, looks at the toughest players to replace that are gone from the 2012 season

5.) DT Scott Vallone -- Rarely do you find a player that runs with such a high motor on every snap as an interior defensive lineman. Vallone had the versatility to play in multiple spots and spent the majority of his career out of position at nose tackle. Without Vallone, last season's injury to Isaac Holmes would have been devastating. Vallone also served as a leader and teacher during his final season.

The Job Falls To -- Holmes, Sophomore Darius Hamilton.

4.) RB Jawan Jamison -- Jamison's uncanny ability to get something out of nothing, combined with his elite vision out of the backfield, makes him a significant loss for Rutgers. The first since Ray Rice to join the elite, 1,000-yard rusher club, Jamison will be sorely missed as a figurehead of the Rutgers offense. The advantage for coach Kyle Flood, however, is that he has plenty of practice preparing for games without Jamison. Jamison struggled to stay healthy during his career and was rarely 100 percent.

The Job Falls To -- Junior Savon Huggins.

3.) MLB Steve Beauharnais -- A four-year starter that brought the soul night after night, Beauharnais was arguably the most valuable piece of the 2012 defensive puzzle. No other player was as irreplaceable as Beauharnais last year with everything he did in the run game and as the quarterback of the defense.

Beauharnais did not get the same rewards and accolades as some of his teammates, but he had his name called in the NFL draft and will get a legitimate shot to succeed at the next level as a member of the New England Patriots.

The Job Falls To -- Redshirt freshman Steve Longa, redshirt freshman Quanzell Lambert, freshman Lester Liston.

2.) OLB Khaseem Greene -- Replacing a two-time conference defensive player of the year (even in a conference that no longer exists) but the job becomes easier on a team defense that is consistently one of the best in the country. Greene was a leader in the locker room, spokesperson for the team when dealing with the media and the ultimate play maker. Making 277 tackles in two seasons may not happen again at Rutgers for a very long time.

The Job Falls To -- Junior Kevin Snyder.

1.) CB Logan Ryan -- It was going to be enough of a challenge for Rutgers with so many seniors graduating from the secondary. But add in the loss of Ryan, one of the best cornerbacks in program history, and it sets up major change in the secondary.

Ryan was not perfect in man coverage but he made up for it with a willingness to hit and play tough at the line of scrimmage. Some losses on the roster can be coached around, but the top cornerback is often out on an island by himself with the pressure solely on him.

The Job Falls To -- Senior Lewis Toler, redshirt freshman Ian Thomas.

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