Dodd Named Starter for South Florida

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- When Rutgers takes the field Wednesday for a crucial Big East contest at South Florida, freshman quarterback Chas Dodd will be running the offense. Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano made the announcement after Monday's practice, the final on before Rutgers leaves for Tampa, Fla. Schiano discussed his reason for the decision, and whether both quarterbacks could play at USF.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – After engineering a pair of fourth-quarter comebacks and running the offense for the last month, Rutgers coach Greg Schiano is staying with freshman quarterback Chas Dodd.

Schiano announced following Monday's practice Dodd would start Wednesday at South Florida, and a fully healed and ready Tom Savage will serve as the backup.

"We're going to start Chas," Schiano said. "They're both ready to go. I feel good about both of them. I've said it before, we have two good quarterbacks."

Schiano said several factors went into the decision.

"The cumulative body or work over the week (of practice), and the season," Schiano said. "And you've got to make a decision. Certainly, it's a very hard decision. They're both good quarterbacks. It makes it very difficult."

Dodd is 2-1 as a starter, and on the season completed 52.7 percent (58 of 110) of his passes for 817 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions.

Savage, a sophomore, has a completion percentage of 52.1 percent (37 of 71) and has thrown for 445 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Schiano said he will not pre-determine whether he will use both quarterbacks against South Florida.

"They're both qualified, they're both prepared," Schiano said.

He added Savage was "fine" with the decision, and all positions are week-to-week within the program.


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