Gary Nova named Rutgers starting QB
August, 20, 2012
By Andrea Adelson | ESPN.com
Rutgers has settled its quarterback competition.
Coach Kyle Flood announced Monday that Gary Nova will start for the Scarlet Knights this season, winning the job over Chas Dodd. Though the two appeared to be neck-and-neck throughout camp and in the scrimmage Saturday, Flood said in a statement:
“We are fortunate to have two talented quarterbacks who have won big games for us. This has been an excellent competition, but Gary’s body of work ultimately earned him the job.”
Former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano made a habit of playing musical quarterbacks over the past several seasons. Both Dodd and Nova started and won games for the Scarlet Knights last season. Both struggled with consistency and turnovers. But Nova does have a better arm and perhaps more of an ability to help engineer some big plays in the passing game.
Flood has said that he will not treat his quarterbacks the way Schiano did. It will be interesting to see how his philosophy develops throughout the course of the season should Nova struggle in the early going. Rutgers opens the season Sept. 1 at Tulane.