Monday Notebook: Dodd Named Starter

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The Monday after a 20-17 overtime victory against South Florida became a major news day at the Hale Center. Along with Chas Dodd being named the starting quarterback, Khaseem Greene earned a Big East honor and coach Greg Schiano offered an update on Savon Huggins' condition.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — With Chas Dodd's late-game heroics fresh in the mind of Greg Schiano and the rest of the Rutgers coaching staff, they made the decision to start the sophomore at quarterback Saturday against Army.

Schiano announced Dodd as the starter earlier today at his weekly press conference, saying the opening-game starter gave the team the best chance to win.

"It's a couple of weeks since I've had a start and it's just big to get it again," Dodd said. "I was really excited about it and still am.

Dodd led Rutgers back from a 14-point deficit against South Florida in his first action since losing his job to Gary Nova after a poor performance at the Carrier Dome. Dodd gave the offense the spark it needed against the Bulls, but was far from perfect, he said.

Nova, who retakes his role as the backup quarterback, said there are no hard feelings and he is ready to compete and practice as if he were the starter.

"Me and Chas have a great relationship," Nova said. "I'm going to support him just like he supported me when I was starting. We're just going to focus on this game. ... You never know what's going to happen. Chas was preparing [like a starter], when I was starting and it paid off."

Huggins Injury Update

True freshman running back Savon Huggins received some good news this morning when tests showed he does not need surgery. Huggins injured his knee against South Florida and medical personnel carted him off the sidelines to address the injury.

Schiano said Huggins will be out for a few weeks, but may be healthy by the bowl game.

"That's a blessing, I think," said true freshman receiver and friend Miles Shuler. "Things could have been really worse. ... That was really big. He's really happy about it. He's doing rehab. He's working hard to get back on his feet. I can't wait until he gets back."

Without Huggins, Schiano said more reps likely go to second-year players Jawan Jamison and Jeremy Deering. Fullback Joe Martinek can expect more tailback reps as well. Huggins leads the team with five rushing touchdowns.

Defensive Player of the Week

An all-out great performance by outside linebacker Khaseem Greene earned him Big East Defensive Player of the week.

Greene made 17 tackles in the win over South Florida and has 92 tackles this season. With four games left, the junior is on pace for 132 tackles. The last Scarlet Knight with 130 tackles in a season was Gary Brackett in 2002. Brian Sheridan holds the all-time mark with 161 in 1998.

Greene, however, has his eyes on a different tackle number.

"That's a lot of tackles," Greene said of his personal performance. "That's a lot of tackles. I'm just going to keep playing within the defense and doing my job and hopefully I'll get more than 117."

Current Jacksonville Jaguars safety Courtney Greene logged 116 tackles in 2005 with Rutgers.

Helmet Swag

Schiano unveiled the fourth different Rutgers helmet to be used by the Scarlet Knights this season.

Against Army, Rutgers took a page out of Major League Baseball's book by mimicking the Fourth of July baseball caps. The helmet itself is white, with the "R" logo mirroring the American flag coloring.

"First of all, they look cool," said junior defensive tackle Scott Vallone. "But the reason behind that is great. It's showing our support for the troops and for the military and obviously Army and how great they've been with [Eric LeGrand] and all. We want to show a little tribute to them. I think that was a great idea by Coach."


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