Rutgers QB situation remains unclear

NEW YORK -- Rutgers quarterback Tom Savage is still mulling over whether or not to transfer, according to Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano.

"We're in the process of working through all that," Schiano said in a conference call with reporters on Friday. "Whatever it ends up being, we'll make sure everybody understands it."

Two seasons ago, as a true freshman, Savage started every game but one and threw for 2,211 yards (a Big East freshman record), 14 touchdowns, and only seven interceptions. But this past season he played poorly early, got banged up, and eventually lost his starting job to another true freshman, Chas Dodd.

Dodd got off to a hot start, struggled some (along with the rest of the team) down the stretch, and finished with 1,637 passing yards, 11 TDs, and 11 INTs.

New offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti, hired earlier this week to replace Kirk Ciarrocca, was also on the conference call on Friday. Cignetti served as Pittsburgh's offensive coordinator this past season, until Dave Wannstedt was forced to resign.

Cignetti said he has spoken to both Savage and Dodd. "Two very good conversations with both young men," Cignetti said. "[I'm] excited to work with both of them."

When asked if Savage gave him any clue about whether he was transferring or not, Cignetti said, "He gave me no indication, other than that he wants to be here at Rutgers University."

Cignetti will be taking over an offense that finished 114th out of 120 schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision in net yards per game last season. But Cignetti sounded optimistic on Friday.

"Looking at the personnel at Rutgers, I thought, very good," Cignetti said. "I thought there was gonna be a bright future here."

Cignetti has worked for three NFL teams -- as the quarterbacks coach with the San Francisco 49ers (2007) and the New Orleans Saints (2000-01), and as an offensive assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs (1999). He plans to employ a pro-style offense with the Scarlet Knights.

"We have some tremendous playmakers," Schiano said. "And our focus (now) is to get them in position to make plays."

When asked if Cignetti's system was well-suited to Savage's game, Schiano said, "Tom's decision is gonna have to be Tom's decision. Having said that, I do think Tom's skill set fits very well into this. As does Chas'."