Flood Names Nova Starting Quarterback

Sophomore Gary Nova will be the starting quarterback when the 2012 season kicks off in two weeks. After the second camp scrimmage, Rutgers coach Kyle Flood chose Nova as his starter and announced the decision early Monday morning.

Sophomore Gary Nova emerged from the second scrimmage as the starting quarterback for the Scarlet Knights, announced Rutgers coach Kyle Flood.

Meeting the media before Monday's two-a-day session, Flood announced in a press release that Nova won the quarterback competition against junior Chas Dodd and will start against Tulane.

"We are fortunate to have two talented quarterbacks who have won big games for us," Flood said in a statement. "This has been an excellent competition but Gary's body of work ultimately earned him the job."

Nova will have the final week of training camp to get as many first-team reps as needed and will then work as the starting quarterback during game week. Flood has already informed the team of his decision to start Nova, who will be the fifth different opening-day starting quarterback in as many years.

Both quarterbacks impressed in the second scrimmage of camp, but with Nova having the more consistently impressive camp, he asserted himself as the starter in Flood's eyes. With no turnovers, Nova finished the 150-minute scrimmage with 181 yards and two touchdowns, completing 54 percent of his passes.

Most importantly, Nova established the long ball, completing touchdowns of 75 and 60 yards.

"I feel that way," Nova said Saturday night when asked if he did enough to earn the job. "Obviously that's coach Flood's decision. I feel like I did what I can and I can't change anything. I just have to keep getting better."

Nova is expected to receive the bulk of first-team work during the final week of camp, with Dodd working primarily as a second-teamer and ready to step in if needed. Flood hopes to stick with one quarterback all season, which has not been done at Rutgers since Mike Teel went through the entire 2008 season as the starter.

Both quarterbacks and Flood will address the media this evening after the second two-a-day practice session.


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