Oct 20, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights linebacker Khaseem Greene (20) runs a fumble back for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Temple Owls at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. Rutgers defeated Temple 35-10. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Big East Championship Game Features Star Linebacker Khaseem Greene


When Rutgers gets set to take on Louisville for the Big East title on Thursday night, there will be a very underrated prospect on display for the whole country to see. That prospect is Rutgers linebacker Khaseem Greene, who is only 6’1″ 230 pounds but packs a huge punch.

Greene leads the team this season in tackles (115), tackles for loss (10), as well as sacks (5.5). He has also added two interceptions, a fumble returned for a touchdown, and six forced fumbles on the season. The senior out of Elizabeth, New Jersey has been incredibly productive this season and is gaining some steam in NFL Draft circles. There was a recent feature done on him on ESPN.com as one of the top risers in the draft, and he’s risen to the number two rated outside linebacker on NFLDraftScout.com.

Greene is not the only prospect worth watching in this game, but he’s certainly the stud to keep an eye on. At the rate he’s going right now, this is a guy who could easily be a high-mid second round pick if he continues to progress through offseason workouts. With two games left to play this season, his numbers are only going to get better, and NFL scouts have to be eagerly anticipating his arrival to the big leagues.

As a junior, Greene had 140 tackles and 14 tackles for loss, so he has a little ways to go before he can top his previous career highs. Perhaps with a couple of games left, he can surpass those totals and cement his status as one of the top linebackers in the draft.

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