Rutgers’ Big East championship hopes will indeed fall on the shoulders of one quarterback this fall, just as coach Kyle Flood has promised all along.
That job has officially gone to sophomore Gary Nova instead of junior Chas Dodd. The two have been battling for the starting job all offseason after sharing time last year.
“We are fortunate to have two talented quarterbacks who have won big games for us,” said Flood. “This has been an excellent competition but Gary’s body of work ultimately earned him the job.”
Dodd was the season-opening starter for the Scarlet Knights in 2011, but Nova took over shortly into October against Pitt. As a freshman, Nova started five games and appeared in 10 games overall. He finished the year with 1,553 yards passing, 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Dodd finished ’11 with nearly identical stats: 1,574 yards passing, 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions.