Savage Talks About Rutgers Future

MORGANTOWN, W.V. -- Speculation has been rampant the last month whether Rutgers sophomore quarterback Tom Savage will transfer after losing his starting job to Chas Dodd midway through the season. Following the season-ending 35-14 loss to West Virginia, Savage addressed the situation. But did he quell transfer talk, and fuel more of it?

MORGANTOWN, W.V. – Given the opportunity to squelch speculation about a potential transfer, Rutgers sophomore quarterback Tom Savage instead invited more of it.

Talking after the season-ending 35-14 loss to West Virginia on Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium, Savage said his future will be decided after he meets with Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano, and also his family.

"When I get back and coach talks to all the players individually, I'm sure me and him will discuss what the future plans are," Savage said. "Is there any question (he will be back)? Like I said, me and coach are going to talk."

Savage has no timetable for making a decision on whether or not he will transfer.

"He's the coach, so we just have to find out what my plans are, and talk to my family and sit down with them and just go from there," Savage said. "Coach is going to talk to us individually, and whenever he does, I'm sure we'll know (about the future)."

Savage began the season as the start, but was injured his right (throwing) hand Oct. 2 against Tulane. He missed the next two games, both Rutgers wins in which freshman Chas Dodd led late scoring drives, and never recovered his starting spot.

After a freshman season in which Savage completed 149 of 285 passes for 2,211 yards, 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions while going 8-3 as a starter, he struggled with his accuracy and timing.

Savage was 35 of 68 yards for 399 yards, one touchdown and three interception before his injury against Tulane.

Savaged finished the season 43 of 83 for 521 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions, but did not play in the last three games despite lop-sided losses.

"It's very difficult," Savage said. "Being a competitor, you want to go out there and play. I mean, it is what it is. It's college football, and coach feels that (Dodd) gave him the best chance to win. I'm a team player, so I have to help out my teammates and that's what my biggest goal was.

"Whatever I could contribute to the team, that's what I was going to do."

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