Name: Nolan Rumler
Weight: 321 lbs.
High school: Akron (OH) Hoban
Position: Offensive guard
Class: Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: #55
Last year: I ranked Rumler #85 and said he would redshirt (LINK). He redshirted.
TTB Rating: 87
Rumler came in as a guy who perhaps would have played in a lot of years. He was already 6’3″ and 310 lbs., and his feats of strength are pretty well documented. But with four senior offensive linemen who would eventually get drafted, Michigan didn’t need contributions from true freshmen up front. So Rumler got a year to percolate.
I expected Rumler to create more practice buzz than he did, but that hype belongs to Zach Carpenter and Karsen Barnhart. Carpenter is projected by many as the starter at center, while people keep saying Barnhart needs to see the field without a specific position for him. Rumler appears to be in that next tier from the 2019 class, along with offensive tackle Trevor Keegan. It’s doubtful that Rumler starts in 2020, but he should start to get some playing time. He’s penciled in as a backup offensive guard, and he may have to wait until redshirt juniors Andrew Stueber and/or Chuck Filiaga move on. I expect Rumler to make an appearance on the field goal protection unit and get some backup snaps at guard this year.
Prediction: Backup offensive guard
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