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Friday, July 18, 2014

Proving it in Piscataway (No. 16 — Kemoko Turay)

(AP photo)
By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto

Less than two weeks remain until the start of Rutgers training camp. This top-25 countdown will run infrequently, documenting who's got the most to prove in 2014.

No. 16 — DE Kemoko Turay (6-foot-6, 220 pounds)

Why Turay's on the list: The extremely raw defensive end shuttled between a two- and three-point stance this spring but got to the quarterback with ease in Rutgers' spring game.

Rutgers hasn't had a defensive end rank in the top three in its league in sacks since 2009. 

Turay could eventually break that streak, provided he be used on a third-down basis, much like Jonathan Freeny during his 9.5-sack season.

Will his atypical frame help or hurt his stock in a rugged Big Ten?

During training camp, keep an eye on: defensive line coach Jim Panagos's numbers game.

Panagos prefers to play eight deep along the defensive line, but Turay could fit into his own category based on his situational role.

2014 outlook: Many consider Rutgers' defensive line to be its deepest — albeit largely untested — position group.

If that's truly the case, Turay will play in short, monitored spurts. But he could prove a problem as a non-traditional end.

More from the countdown: No. 15 Delon Stephenson
No. 17 — LJ Liston

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