Stapleton went on to start 12 games as C in 2005 and paved the way for an offensive line that recorded seven 100-yard rushing performances and produced RU's first 1,000-yard rusher since 1994 in Ray Rice. The following year - 2006 - saw more of the same as Stapleton helped lead one of the top OLs in the nation, a line that forbid the opposition from making any headway into the backfield and one that produced a second consecutive 1,000 yard rusher in So. Ray Rice.
While the Stapleton pipeline to Rutgers will continue (younger brother Darnell has been a Rutgers OL commitment since this past summer), the elder Stapleton's departure will leave a gaping void in the middle of one of the top OLs in the nation.
The Rimington Award Finalist talked about the OL's bond and their ability to play as cohesively as they did for the past 2 years, in addition to commenting on what lies ahead for him.
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