By Matt Sugam
Long before the season started, Kyle Flood said that unlike his predecessor, he’s a one quarterback coach. And even after Gary Nova’s six interception performance in No. 25 Rutgers’ debacle to Kent State, the first year head coach is not wavering.
“Gary Nova’s our quarterback,” Flood said on his Sunday conference call. “I think even though it wasn’t the most enjoyable of learning experiences, this will be an excellent learning experience for him as he watches that film and goes back through it.”
And even though Nova took his fair share of lumps yesterday, Flood felt his sophomore quarterback was able to keep his cool despite the worst performance of his career.
“Having been the person on the sideline with Gary I would not use the word rattled with Gary,” Flood said. “I thought Gary was composed the whole game.”
Which is a credit to the Elmwood Park, NJ native’s demeanor. Especially after facing the toughest adversity of his football playing career.
Having never lost a game in high school while leading Don Bosco Prep to two state titles and a national championship, Nova’s football career really only knows success. And despite the growing pains he had as a freshman last season, he never had a game this poor.
“It’s never fun or enjoyable through a loss, but you have to do that and the great players are able to do that because when you have a game like this, there’s reasons why,” Flood said. “Not all the reasons are you, but for the ones that are you, you got a chance to correct them and be a better player the next time you go out.”