The longer Rutgers went without a roster, the more speculation grew about what it would look like when it was revealed. Or more specifically, who would – and would not – be on it.
The hype and suspense ended Monday when the Scarlet Knights finally released the thing, 10 months after Greg Schiano returned to the program for his second stint as head coach. And, to the relief of Rutgers fans, it was largely anticlimactic.
There was a surprise addition with the unexpected return of Elorm Lumor, but Schiano did not sneak another star transfer or two onto the roster. There were names missing – offensive lineman Mike Lonsdorf the biggest one – but all indications are Schiano was able to sway most of the other players who may have initially opted out back into the fold.
The roster looked like about what we expected. It just took a very long time for confirmation.
Here is a closer look at what we learned after the Scarlet Curtain was lifted:
Lonsdorf is the most impactful opt-out. Rutgers was not hit hard by opt-outs due to the novel coronavirus on the whole, but the Scarlet Knights did not go unscathed. Lonsdorf is a smart, versatile player with 12 starts under his belt at guard and tackle over the last two seasons. He was slotted as the starting left guard on most projected depth charts this summer and would have been the first guy off the bench at worst.
Between Lonsdorf’s opt-out and the absence of backup center Owen Bowles – it is not clear if he is an opt-out or simply moved on – the Scarlet Knights are extremely thin at the interior line spots. They may have no choice but to play true freshmen Tunde Fatukasi and Bryan Felter this fall.