NFL Draft Nears for Rutgers QB Nova

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Gary Nova worked himself into a legitimate NFL prospect after he shined as a senior for Rutgers football. Less than a week away from the dream weekend for many departing college athletes, Nova discussed his thoughts on the upcoming NFL Draft.

After four years -- two as a team captain -- and a school-record 73 career passing touchdowns, Gara Nova enters the unknown in the form of the NFL Draft.

Hearing projections anywhere from the mid rounds to undrafted, Nova is as calm and confident as ever.

"I’m really confident," Nova said. "I’ve put the work in. I’ve put in as much hard work as I could. I’m following the man upstairs. He has a plan for me."

Nova worked in front of all 32 NFL teams during Rutgers pro day, and visited multiple teams including his hometown New York Jets.

"That was a dream come true," Nova said. "They were my favorite team growing up in Jersey. It was great to see the locker room, guys like [Darrelle] Revis that I’ve looked up to for so long. It was a special experience."

Instead of his normal spot on the bench, Nova spent Friday on the sidelines with many former teammates and friends to cheer on the Scarlet Knights in the spring game.

Nova joined NFL names like Anthony Davis, Ray Rice, Tim Wright, Devin McCourty and Logan Ryan in an annual support for the program.

"It’s a little weird being out here," Nova said. "It’s a very weird feeling for me to not be out on the field with them, but I’m happy for these guys. I know they’re going to play great."

Sophomores Chris Laviano and Hayden Rettig continue their battle into the summer with the former slightly ahead after a two-touchdown spring game.

"It’s fun being able to watch on the sidelines," Nova said. "Chris is like a little brother to me with how much time we’ve spent together. I love all of those guys, and hopefully they’ll get some more big wins this season."


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