Top 5 Personnel Losses from Last Season

Turning the calendars to June and concluding the spring evaluation period, introduces a new series. The "30 lists in 30 days" series is designed to lead us into the camp circuit. Have your own thoughts on one of our lists? Feel free to debate on the message boards. Today, we look at the top five personnel losses from last season.

5.) C Howard Barbieri — On an offensive line plagued with inconsistency and embarrassment, Barbieri was the steadiest member. A fifth-year senior, team captain and walk-on, the two-year starter will be missed on the offensive line next season.

Take a look at the questions surrounding center going into training camp and Barbieri's value as a lineman becomes clear. Rutgers brought in a JuCo lineman, Dallas Hendrikson, to replace Barbieri, but with his injury, David Osei is the only center under scholarship.

4.) DE Alex Silvestro — In his senior season, the South Jersey standout put up by far his best season as a Scarlet Knight. Silvestro started all 12 games for Rutgers last season, finished first among offensive linemen with 56 tackles 14.5 TFLs and 5.5 sacks.

Again, the status of the position going into training camp displays Silvestro's value, along with Jonathan Freeny. Defensive end has no established starter and a lot of questions without Silvestro and Freeny as starters.

3.) QB Tom Savage — Say whatever you want about Savage not wanting to compete for a spot or regressing after a strong true freshman season. Losing Savage to transfer hurts.

A lot.

There is no guarantee that Chas Dodd stays healthy the whole year. Savage's absence essentially forces a true freshman into action and takes away what would have been an intense competition this training camp.

2.) P Teddy Dellaganna — Without Dellaganna in the mix this season, the Rutgers punting situation is very close to disarray. In the spring, the coaching staff legitimately considered putting Mohamed Sanu as the starter with Anthony DiPaula struggling his first semester on the Banks.

Dellaganna battled injuries as a senior and suffered with inconsistency. That forced walk-on Kyle Sullivan, another key loss to transfer, into action.

Without Dellaganna or Sullivan in the mix, the state of field position for the upcoming season, and a lot of pressure, falls onto DiPaula's shoulders.

1.) S Joe Lefeged — Lefeged tried his best to mimic Devin McCourty's do-it-all attitude as a senior and team captain and he came pretty close.

The Germantown, Md., native had a stellar start to the season, but eventually wore down after taking the field for almost every defensive and special teams play through the first half.

With the pressure on in a tight game at Florida International, Lefeged blocked two punts, forced two fumbles and intercepted a pass. He made mid-season All-American on multiple services, was a weapon in the return game and finished as a second-team All-Big East defender.

Rutgers will have a hard time replacing Lefeged's abilities in the return game, kick coverage and at safety.

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