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Friday, August 21, 2009
Rutgers' Schiano says Lovelace will play opener


Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Well, we know one thing about the Rutgers quarterback situation.

Greg Schiano told reporters today that senior Jabu Lovelace will play in the opener against Cincinnati, according to The Star-Ledger's Tom Luicci.

What we don't know is if Lovelace or someone else will be the starting quarterback. Schiano said Lovelace, who's also been working out at receiver and presents a running option at quarterback, would play even if Dom Natale holds onto his position as the starter.

But Schiano also said redshirt freshman D.C. Jefferson and true freshman Tom Savage are still in the mix for the job.

"Tommy and D.C. and Dom are all battling it out," he said. "If they're not the starter, they're not playing unless they go in as the backup. But Jabu is going to play.

"I think there are a couple of different battles going on there, is what I'm trying to say. Now I wouldn't preclude that maybe if the way it shakes out if, and of the young kids is getting better, you put them in there and let them play. I'm not saying I wouldn't do that. I mean regular playing time."

The more we know, the less we know. If I had to guess, I'd say Natale starts and Lovelace is used in some special packages and at receiver. I'd be surprised if we saw either freshmen in such a big game, unless something happened to one of the other guys.

If nothing else, it makes Cincinnati prepare for more possibilities.