The Rutgers offensive line is an experienced unit and it showed in a 41-38 win on Thursday over Washington State. The line blocked for 215 yards on the ground including 173 for running back Paul James.
The line, LT Keith Lumpkin, LG Kaleb Johnsonm C Betim Bujari, RG Chris Muller and RT Taj Alexander have a combined 104 starts.
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Senior quarterback Gary Nova will be a Rutgers football captain for the second consecutive year, the school announced Tuesday (Rutgers, Aug. 12).
Nova, named the starter last week, was elected by a players’ vote along with strong safety Lorenzo Waters, defensive lineman David Milewski, defensive tackle Darius Hamilton and fullback Michael Burton.
Nova, who was benched for the final three games last year after starting the previous 23, is the eighth two-time Rutgers captain in the past 20 years. Rutgers opens the season Aug. 28 against Washington State in Seattle.
He joins Mike Teel (2007-08), Eric Foster (2006-07), Tres Moses (2004-05), L.J. Smith (2001-02), Gary Brackett (2001-02), Shawn Seabrooks (2001-02) and Brian Sheridan (1995 and 1997) as the eighth two-time Rutgers captain in the past two decades.
“Pretty much the best test possible,” Nova said of his 2013 season. “I pretty much went through the highest of the high and the lowest of the lows. I’m just excited for this year, not expecting anything and like coach (Ralph) Friedgen says `just shoot all of our bullets.’ ”
Teel, now an assistant coach, and Nova were both were unbeaten as starters their final two years at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, N.J. “I copy everything he does,” Nova said, laughing.
Quarterback Hayden Rettig is fitting in great at Rutgers training camp after transferring from LSU for this season (NJ.com, August 11).
An array of coaching changes after his start at LSU made Rettig’s experience different than what he expected when he committed.
“The system wasn’t a fit,” Rettig said. “The guy who recruited me there got fired from his position and it just wasn’t feeling like home. It just changed in such a dramatic way where it just wasn’t where I needed to be at the time. I needed to find myself and figure out what I wanted to do.”
Even though other schools such as TCU and UCLA showed interest, Rettig knew it would be Rutgers from the moment he started looking for a transfer.
“There was schools coming off left and right, but it was pretty much Rutgers all the way,” Rettig said. “I didn’t visit anywhere else. Coach (Kyle) Flood called and I was like, ‘All right, let’s talk.’ “
Rettig credits coach Kyle Flood for making the choice easy.
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Rutgers football coach Kyle Flood announced Wednesday that senior Gary Nova will be the Scarlet Knights starting quarterback (Rutgers, Aug. 6).
Nova, who has appeared in 33 career games with 28 starts, will start his the third straight season opener for the Scarlet Knights when they visit Washington State Aug. 28.
Nova started 23 straight games until he was benched in favor of Chas Dodd last November after Rutgers lost four of five after starting 4-1. Nova, from Elmwood Park, N.J., threw for 2,159 yards, 18 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 2013. Rutgers, which went 6-7 last season in its only year in the American Athletic Conference, enters the Big Ten this season.
Nova enters 2014 ranked fifth in school history in career completions (502) and career passing yards (6,407) and is third in RU history with 51 career touchdown passes. Nova needs nine touchdown passes to become Rutgers’ all-time leader in career TD passes. Mike Teel, now a Scarlet Knights graduate assistant, holds the school record with 59 and also owns the career passing yardage record (9,383).
As spring practice comes to an end, head coach Kyle Flood made it clear Gary Nova is the best option for starting quarterback — an opinion offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen is definitely on board with (NJ.com, July 18).
After coming out of retirement to accept the Rutgers OC position in January, Friedgen told the Big Ten Network he believed Nova was the one for the job.
“Gary Nova, to me, is the quarterback,” Friedgen said. “He had a tough year last year. He lost his position. I think he threw 10 interceptions in three games. I didn’t see that this spring. I thought he had a good spring and has a chance to be a good quarterback. He has a good arm; he doesn’t have a great arm. He has very good vision. It has been my experience that when quarterbacks can see things, then they have a chance to be pretty good.”
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Rutgers football coach Kyle Flood told fans at the Public House in Manhattan that the Scarlet Knights’ Sept. 13 game at High Point Solutions Stadium against Penn State has drawn the most buzz on the schedule. When he gets asked about the game, he has one simple answer according to NJ.Com:
“Make sure you’ve got a good seat.”
Rutgers will join the B1G this season and Flood, Rutgers Director of Athletics Julie Hermann and B1G commissioner Jim Delaney were in New York promoting the B1G and the move from the American.
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Sophomore quarterback Blake Rankin will transfer from the school (Duggan, April 8).
Gary Nova, Mike Bimonte and Chris Laviano will likely compete for the starting job, which caused Rankin to transfer. He will finish the semester with Rutgers before he departs. He does not know where he will end up next.
QB Mike Dare and TE Nakia Griffin already have a bond.
The two Rutgers commits worked together in camp over the summer and are looking to build on their relationship moving forward.
“I didn’t know him prior to that and he didn’t know me. But we just started building a little bit of chemistry during the 7-on-7. I’m pretty big, so I was one of his favorite targets. He was throwing me the ball a lot. And he threw it so hard that he ripped my glove one time,” Griffin said.
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Rutgers football has added four assistant coaches and re-assigned another, costing $1.5 million this offseason.
In preparation for their big move to the Big Ten, here are the new paychecks the team will be cutting, via NJ.com:
Those assistant salaries are topped by new offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen’s $500,000 annual deal — the most ever paid to a Rutgers assistant. Friedgen, new linebackers coach and special teams coordinator Bob Fraser ($300,000 per year), Rossi ($300,000 per year, a $100,000 raise for him), McDaniels ($200,000 per year) and new offensive line coach Mitch Browning ($200,000 per year) have two-year deals.
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