There is senior Art Forst, who has started 28 games in his first three years in the program, and red-shirt freshman Chris Fonti, who has the size to play left tackle but the question remains whether or not he can develop his skills.
Both are profiled below:
2011 Eligibility:Red-shirt Freshman
Ht.: 6-7 Wt: 315
Position: Offensive tackle
High school: Wayne (N.J.) Hills High
Background: Spent the 2010 red-shirting and working with the scout team offense. …Anchored the offensive line for a senior at Wayne Hills as the offense accumulated 2,500 yards and 35 touchdowns. …Was a member of the Wayne Hills squad that won 55 straight games. …Rated No. 1 offensive tackle in New Jersey in Scout.com's 2010 class. …Played center for the basketball team.
Projected 2011 Role: Fonti came to Rutgers as a player who would take a few years to develop, and that timetable hasn't changed after his freshman season. He spent the 2010 season on the scout team, and got valuable reps.
Moving into the spring, Fonti will get a chance to gain valuable reps at either right or left tackle. He has the length and reach to be an effective tackle, but a move to guard could take place if he doesn't display the quick feet to play on the edge.
Looking at the upcoming season, Fonti remains a work in progress and a year away from competing for playing time on the offensive line.
Ht.: 6-8 Wt: 311
Position: Offensive lineman
High school: Manasquan (N.J.) High
Background: Began the season as the starter at right tackle, but was replaced after the seventh game. …Played as a blocking tight end in the final few games of the 2010 season. …Started 21 games as a freshman and sophomore, playing right and left guard. …Made his first career start Oct. 11, 2008, at Cincinnati. …Three-year starter at Manasquan High and the No. 23 offensive tackle prospect in the 2008 recruiting class. Projected 2011 Role: Throughout the series, this one is the biggest question to date. After being a serviceable Big East guard as a sophomore, Forst was asked to play right tackle and struggled in space.
He is moving back to guard for the spring, and will be given a chance to win a starting position again. Forst has 28 games of starting experience, and there is something to be said for seniors.
Forst also is a prideful, and he will compete hard. Expect him to make a big push for a starting spot, and if he gets it, it will be earned. At worst, he is a capable backup at both guard positions and also at right tackle, if need be.
At best, he can be an integral part of a revamped and rejuvenated offensive line.