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).
Former Scarlet Knight Tricia DiPaolo has been added to the women’s soccer program staff as a volunteer assistant coach (Rutgers, August 5).
The program announced Tuesday the return of the four-year captain and seven-year player for the university.
“I’m really excited to continue to be a part of the Rutgers program,” DiPaolo said. “It’s a great group of girls, great staff and I’m learning so much from everybody. Especially with making the move into the Big Ten and all of my Rutgers pride I’m very happy with this opportunity.”
DiPaolo has been a student assistant coach since 2007 at the Rutgers University SOccer Youth Camps, and this past year she earned a spot on Sky Blue FC of the NWSL.
“I am so excited to have someone of her experience on staff,” said head coach Mike O’Neill “Trish is all about Rutgers and so is her family. She brings so much experience to the program as a collegiate player and as a professional. She will be a great role model to our players because she knows what it takes to be successful at this level.”
DiPaolo is tied for third in Rutgers history with 85 career games with time spent both as a forward and a back.
Former Rutgers receiver Kenny Britt has likely earned a starting spot with the St. Louis Rams as he is listed as a starter in the team’s first depth chart at camp (NJ.com, August 5).
Britt, whose off-field issues lead the Tennessee Titans to let him walk from the team this past offseason has found his stride with the Rams.
“You put Kenny in there and Kenny’s obviously got the experience, got the size,” Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said. “But again, just the thing about Kenny is he brings his energy every day and that helps the group. We got guys that love to play and compete.”
Britt’s former Rutgers and Titans teammate Jason McCourty predicted this growth for the 25-year-old back in March.
“He’s maturing. Kenny came in the league real young,” McCourty said. “We came in together and you can see him continue to grow. I definitely think that was a huge step for him to go through that type of adversity and still be able to persevere and continue to fight and practice hard…I truly believe he can be a No. 1 receiver in this game.”
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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.”