Responsibilities Rise for Rescigno

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Red-shirt freshman Giovanni Rescigno is the underdog in 2015's Rutgers quarterback battle, but that suits him just fine. Rescigno is nine months into his Rutgers enrollment, and discussed team chemistry and his unique style moving into spring camp.

From a scrambling scout-team option to pushing for time on the two-deep, red-shirt freshman quarterback Giovanni Rescigno has his best Rutgers days ahead of him.

Rescigno took much-needed development time in his first semester with the Scarlet Knights. That development continues as a backup quarterback in his first spring practice campaign.

“The first practice went really well for me,” Rescigno said. “I’m getting in good rhythm, which I want to keep improving on. Transferring the film to on the field is obviously different, so I want to keep working on that. …

“I think [my game] is definitely a lot better. I’m more comfortable back there. I feel like I’m closer with the guys more than ever. That’s important to me.”

Team chemistry played a key role in Rescigno’s development after an offseason in Piscataway. From Warren (Mich.) De La Salle, he built chemistry with his wide receivers during a busy winter.

“Throwing with the guys a lot was a big advantage,” he said. “I think that’s a really big thing – just getting with the guys and throwing with them on the weekends. Whatever we’ve got to do to get better, it’s building a connection with the guys because I don’t think you can take that away.”

Rescigno enters spring under his second offensive coordinator after Ben McDaniels took over for Ralph Friedgen.

“It’s not that big of an adjustment, said Rescigno, who worked on the scout team. “Coach McDaniels does a good job teaching us what we need to know. We all try to do what he tells us to do. From there, it’s not that big of a difference from last year.”

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