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The redshirt freshman has not yet taken the field but has loads of potential.
There are many uncertainties surrounding college football right now. The 2020 season is still in jeopardy, and even if a season does occur it might do so with empty stadiums or a limited schedule. Still, it is never too early to take a look at the Michigan depth chart and the players slated to contribute whenever football does resume. Join us as we comb through the roster and answer key questions heading into this fall.
Nolan Rumler, RS FR
247 Composite Ranking: 4 stars (OG 10, Overall 174)
2019 Stats: n/a
It is tough for even the most talented offensive lineman to see much action his freshman year, so it should not be surprising that Nolan Rumler sat out all of 2019. One year later and the situation is much different, however, as Michigan is in need of new starters at both guard positions and at center. There are plenty of players in contention for these spots, but Rumler is right in the mix.
Rumler was a valuable recruit and came to Ann Arbor with plenty of potential. He has a very high floor as well and is someone that can be penciled into future starting lineups. While he is most likely to take a backup role this fall, there is definitely a path for him to see significant snaps as well. He is someone that could absolutely rise up the depth chart with an impressive camp.
How quickly can Rumler prove his value and get on the field?
Michigan had a huge offensive line contingent in its 2019 recruiting class and Rumler was a big part of it. He had plenty of experience in high school, and that should help accelerate his path to the field in college. The Wolverines were fortunate to not need to dig into their depth at guard last season, which should not be counted against some of the younger prospects like Rumler who did not get playing time.
Rumler is a contender for either guard spot this fall. Chuck Filiaga seems to have the best shot for one of the starting roles, but he is not a lock. The other spot is completely up for grabs, meaning there are very realistic pathways for Rumler to get on the field. After a year on campus and a robust high school career, the jump into the starting lineup should not be as cumbersome for him as it might be for other players in his class.
The high floor that Rumler boasts is a huge asset. He has great consistency in his game and a strong feel for the position. There is always some transition into the college game, but he appears to be the type of player that knows exactly what he is doing, understanding how to leverage his strength and hands against whatever defenders bring his way. Though he is still young, nothing about his scouting hints at a potential to be a liability.
Despite all of these positive signs, Rumler is not going to be guaranteed the starting job. There are other quality players on the roster that can slot into the interior of the offensive line, and it will likely come down to who impresses most in camp. He probably could put together a decent season if needed this fall, but if not, he has a long future ahead of him with plenty of opportunity. His goal will certainly be to start that future right now, though, and that feels very achievable for him.