Dodd was off his game in the 19-16 win over Syracuse last night and sat on the bench for the fourth quarter and overtime in favor of Nova, a true freshman. Nova led Rutgers to a victory and became the third true freshman in as many years to do so for the Scarlet Knights in a conference game.
I want to visit with our staff," Schiano said. "We have a lot of work to do before Tuesday, in a lot of issues, not just at quarterback. I want to hold off on [a decision]. ... This isn't going to be a knee-jerk reaction. We're going to talk it through and then do what's best."
Nova made multiple questionable decisions, including a fumble and intentional grounding when facing the blitz, but he got Rutgers the victory.
Against Pittsburgh, Schiano did not rule out starting either quarterback or playing both.
"I do what I think is right after listening to all opinions of people on my staff, who I value," Schiano said. "There's a lot of years of experience on the staff. I listen to all of their opinions and then as the leader, I have to make a decision. ... There is only one criteria in place and that is what gives our football team the best chance to win ... with all things being equal off the field."
Defensive Line By Committee
Myles Jackson became the latest true freshman to see the field when he came in for multiple series for the Orange as a defensive end. Schiano said Jackson will remain part of a very deep rotation through the remainder of the season, explaining the intention to play double-digit defensive linemen.
"Myles is very athletic," Schiano said. "He can run very well. We think our secret up front is going to be playing a lot of people because we don't have a lot of experienced guys. Other than [Justin Francis] and Scott Vallone, the rest of the guys have not played the position. So, I don't think it's going to be, you go 60 or 70 plays with one guy. I think we're going to have all fresh guys all year and hopefully they all continue to get better. That's kind of the plan and we think that Myles can help there."
The Run Game
"It wasn't productive enough," Schiano said. "There was too much penetration by their blitzing defense and then sometimes by their not-blitzing defense. We need to do a better job of blocking. We need to do a better job of taking what's there and not trying to make every run a homerun."
On Marcus Cooper's would-be field goal return for a touchdown, the referees flagged linebacker Steve Beauharnais for what was explained as a personal foul for illegal block in the back. After seeing it on film, Schiano simply said, "I saw it. You have to look at it yourself."
Rutgers (3-1, 1-0) is tied for tops in the nation with 18 takeaways this season and is the outright best in turnover margin (2.75).
Kicker San San Te, though he struggled against Syracuse, leads the country in field goals with 2.5 per game.