SR.com Top 25: OL Art Forst (No. 18)

Art Forst has been a fixture on Rutgers' offensive line, but the two-year starter is only entering his third season in college. He can play numerous positions and is now a team leader, two of the many reasons Forst checks in at No. 18 in ScarletReport.com's countdown of the most important players as the Scarlet Knights ready to enter the 2010 season.

Art Forst has been a fixture on Rutgers' offensive line for a few seasons, so it is simple to forget he will be a true junior when training camp begins.

Forst has started 21 straight games and can play three positions along the offensive line, and his size and athleticism suggest he could become a dominant player.

It is for these reasons the 6-foot-8, 311-pound Forst is No. 18 in ScareltReport.com's Top 25 countdown of the most the important players for the Scarlet Knights to enjoy success in the 2010 season.

With more experience than any other player on the offensive line, Forst is being looked upon not only to produce on the field, but also in leadership.

Forst is teaming with senior center Howard Barbieri to build unity and camaraderie while trying to settle a remade offensive line in which there will be three newcomers and the possibility the two returning starters, Forst and Barbieri, are playing different position than in 2009.

Rutgers likely will open training camp with Desmond Stapleton at left tackle, Caleb Ruch at left guard, Barbieri at center, Forst at left guard and Desmond Wynn at right tackle as the Scarlet Knights look to develop a more productive running game while protecting the quarterback better.

Rutgers averaged 3.9 yards per carry last season, and yielded 40 sacks.

However, a shift along the offensive line can be made with Forst, and one of those experiments took place in spring practice when Forst spent time at right tackle. He also can play left guard.

Forst possesses length and a tremendous reach, but at his size needs to develop more attitude in the way he blockings in the run game. He also has the athleticism to pull and has proven his durability with his starting streak, which began in the sixth game of his freshman season.

But one thing easily forgotten Forst's youth because he played so much already and had the benefit of entering school in January 2008, giving him the ability to take part in a spring practice before he played his freshman season.

However, Forst will not be 21-years-old until after three days after the season finale (Dec. 4) at West Virginia.


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