Meet the Staff: QB Coach Rob Spence

When Kyle Flood began rebuilding his staff, he wanted the best coaches regardless of position. Unlike his Rutgers predecessor, Flood chose a coach to solely work with the quarterbacks in Rob Spence. Spence, a former offensive coordinator, joins Rutgers with the task of preparing Chas Dodd and Gary Nova for the position battle that inevitably awaits at training camp.

When it came to quarterbacks coach Rob Spence, Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood skipped right to the chase. In his eyes, Spence is one of the best at what he does.

"There is no finer trainer of the quarterback in the country than Rob Spence," Flood said. "I think, you guys are at most of our practices, you'll see that. With the situation we're in at quarterback having two guys in our program who have won really big games for us, two guys who have performed at the Division I level, I needed to bring someone here who could get those quarterbacks to the next level. I feel like Coach Spence is that guy."

Spence comes from Bethune-Cookman, where he worked for former Rutgers assistant Brian Jenkins. Before that, he worked as the wide receivers coach under Al Golden at Temple, where he recruited Mike Bimonte.

Working with quarterbacks, he coached Charlie Whitehurst at Clemson and Brice Gradkowski at Toledo.

Under Schiano, offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti worked with quarterbacks and teamed with graduate assistant Andrew Janocko. Under Flood, Janocko is expected to keep his same role, but the quarterbacks have a full-time assistant devoted specifically to their development.

"It wasn't a matter of having a coach solely to focus his energies at quarterback," Flood said. "When I hired Dave Brock as the offensive coordinator, then it was just a matter of who are the best people to surround you with? Rob Spence was the first person on that list. Rob has an expertise on quarterback that not a lot of people in the country have, so we felt like that was the best place for him to work."

Rutgers has had a different starting quarterback in each of the last three seasons and may have a fourth this year depending on how the battle shakes out in training camp.

Sophomore Chas Dodd and freshman Gary Nova each have starting experience and big wins under their belts. Spence, who has not been with a BCS conference team since Syracuse in 2009, is excited for the opportunity.

"I think it's an advantage," he said. "... That's how you develop truly as both a player and a coach. When you're in a competitive environment. That's a natural element to making you better and making you get to the best level."

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