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Examining the Rutgers Offensive Depth Chart As Spring Practice is Underway

by Sal Soothsayer | Posted on Friday, March 28th, 2014

In this two-part series, we analyze the Rutgers football team depth chart as released prior to spring practice as well as my predictions for:   the post-spring depth chart, most likely non-starter to start, and player who is not on the two deep that is most likely to crack the two deep by the time the season rolls around.

The chances of “non-starters starting” as well as “cracking the two deep” are graded as:  likely, possible, unlikely, none.

In part one, we take a look through the Rutgers offensive depth chart. Part two will examine the defensive side of the ball.

Will Gary Nova win the starting QB job again? (Credit: ScarletKnights.com)

Will Gary Nova win the starting QB job again? (Credit: ScarletKnights.com)

QB

Gary Nova (Sr) or Mike Bimonte (Jr) or Blake Rankin (So) or Chris Laviano (R-Fr) or Devin Ray (R-Fr)

Post-Spring

Chris Laviano or Gary Nova

Non-Starter that Could Start?:

Chris Laviano or Gary Nova

Who could crack the two-deep?:

Blake Rankin – Unlikely

Star Potential:

1-Laviano

Paul James leads a talented group of running backs for Rutgers. (Joe Camporeale - USA TODAY Sports)

Paul James leads a talented group of running backs for Rutgers. (Joe Camporeale – USA TODAY Sports)

Running Backs:

HB

Paul James (Jr.)
Justin Goodwin (So.)
Desmon Peoples (So.)
Devan Carter (R-Fr.)

Post Spring:

Paul James

Justin Goodwin or Savon Huggins (Sr)

 

FB

Michael Burton (Sr.)

Sam Bergen (Sr.) or Kevin Marquez (So.) or Lloyd Terry(R-Fr.)

Post Spring:

Michael Burton

Kevin Marquez

Non-Starter that Could Start:

None

Who Could Crack the two-deep?:

Josh Hicks (Fr) – Likely

Star Potential:

1-Hicks  2-James

Prediction for team leaders in yards rushing:

1-James  2-Hicks  3-Goodwin  4-Huggins  5-Burton

Tyler Kroft. (Via ScarletKnights.com)

Tyler Kroft. (Via ScarletKnights.com)

TE

Tyler Kroft (Jr.)
Nick Arcidiacono (So.)

Post Spring:

Tyler Kroft

Nick Arcidiacono (So.)

Non-Starter that Could Start:

None

Who Could Crack the two-deep?:

Logan Lister (Fr) – Possible

Leonte Carroo has the makings of a star at receiver for Rutgers. (Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports)

Leonte Carroo has the makings of a star at receiver for Rutgers. (Jim O’Connor-USA TODAY Sports)

Wide Receivers:

WR – X

Leonte Carroo (Jr.)
Andre Patton (So.)
Carlton Agudosi (So.)

Post-Spring:

Leonte Carroo (Jr.)

Andre Patton (So.)

Carlton Agudosi (So.)

 

WR – Z

Ruhann Peele (So.)
Janarion Grant (So.)
John Tsimis (So.)
Tejay Johnson (Jr.)

Post-Spring:

Ruhann Peele (So.)

Janarion Grant (So.)

Tejay Johnson (Jr.)

 

Non-Starter that Could Start:

Andre Patton (in 3 receiver sets)

Star Potential:

1-Carroo  2-Kroft  3-Patton  4-Grant

Prediction for team leaders in receptions:

1-Carroo   2-Kroft   3-Patton  4-Peele  5-Burton

Betim Bujari anchors the offensive line at center. (Ed Murray/The Star-Ledger)

Betim Bujari anchors the offensive line at center. (Ed Murray/The Star-Ledger)

Offensive Line:

LT

Keith Lumpkin (Jr.)
Bryan Leoni (Sr.)

LG

Kaleb Johnson (Sr.)
J.J. Denman (So.)

C

Betim Bujari (Sr.)
Derrick Nelson (So.)

RG

Chris Muller (So.)
Dorian Miller (R-Fr.)

RT

Taj Alexander (Sr.)
Ryan Brodie (So.)

 

Post-Spring:

LT:

Keith Lumpkin

Bryan Leoni

LG:

Kaleb Johnson

Dorian Miller

C:

Betim Bujari

Derrick Nelson

RG:

Chris Muller

Ryan Brodie

RT:

Taj Alexander

J.J. Denman

 

Non-Starter that Could Start:

J.J. Denman – Possilbe

Who Could Crack the two-deep?:

Marcus Applefield (Fr) – Possible

Star Potential:

1-Muller  2-Lumpkin  3-Johnson

 

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