Dodd Preparing as Starter for Arkansas

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Gary Nova's Saturday concussion puts senior Chas Dodd back in the spotlight after a nearly two years as a backup. Dodd finished the game against Eastern Michigan and will prepare as a starter with Arkansas coming to town Saturday on national television.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Quarterback Chas Dodd and coach Kyle Flood both know it will take a better performance under center for Rutgers to topple Arkansas next week. Though Gary Nova has not been ruled out for Saturday, his status is questionable at best after suffering a concussion against Eastern Michigan.

Dodd went 4-for-9 for 45 yards and took three sacks against Eastern Michigan. Dodd, who prepares like a starter regardless of his status, steps into the first-team role until Nova is healthy enough to return. That return could be a few days or a few weeks and Dodd said he is ready for anything.

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