Past Experience — Dodd started his Rutgers career with a bang. Filling in for an injured Tom Savage, Dodd earned Big East Rookie of the Week honors for a stellar performance against Connecticut in 2010 during his first career start. Dodd held onto the job through his true freshman season and battled all of last season against Gary Nova for the starting spot. In games where Dodd started, Rutgers went 6-2. The South Carolina gunslinger has 3,211 passing yards, 21 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions in 20 career games.
As a Recruit — Out of one of the winningest schools in South Carolina, Byrnes High School, Dodd did not have a single Division I offer until head coach Greg Schiano came through with one. Committing to Rutgers in the summer, Dodd's only other offer came from Georgia Southern. Size was the main concern during his recruitment.
Spring Performance — Dodd admittedly did not perform a well as he would have liked this spring. In a heated battle with Nova for the starting job, neither separated himself with strong play and the team enters training camp without an established starter. Turnovers were not as much of an issue for Dodd as they were for Nova this spring, but the statistics in the first two scrimmages were not pretty. In the spring game, however, Dodd went off for 142 yards and two touchdowns. Although much of that was thanks to a pair of big catches by receiver Brandon Coleman.
Does Well — Dodd is a gunslinger. With great arm strength and endurance, he could sit in the pocket all day long firing bullets to his receivers. He showed many times the kind of spark he provides when the protection is good and his receivers make plays.
Without Dodd, wide receiver Mohamed Sanu would not have had nearly the type of record-breaking season he put together in his final year with the Scarlet Knights.
Needs to Improve — The protection is not always there for Dodd, and when the pocket breaks down, he gets into trouble. Dodd does not have the maneuverability of Nova and often holds the ball too long and takes sacks when facing pressure. As Rutgers well knows, sacks are drive-killers for an offense lacking the big play.
Along with his pocket presence, Dodd needs to work with position coach Rob Spence to make all of the throws on the field. He throws a solid deep ball and is extremely accurate to the right side of the field, but struggles at times over the middle and to the left sideline.
Long-Term Outlook — Dodd has two more years of eligibility and could very well be the starter for both years. The quarterback job remains anyone's to win. Whichever shows Flood the most in training camp will win the job. Since the departure of Mike Teel after the 2008 season, Rutgers has been unstable at quarterback and that is not expected to change this season. Flood would like to have one starting quarterback in his program, but for that to happen, someone has to step up and win the job. And after winning the job, that quarterback has to perform well enough to keep it.