The first two months are a whirlwind for most freshman, and it was no different for Rutgers quarterback Michael Dare. The former Elmwood Park (N.J.) star and long-time Rutgers commitment spent his first training camp as a student of the game.
Dare worked as the fourth-string quarterback for the Scarlet Knights, and said he welcomes any possible role in 2015.
“My goal is to get on my feet and show Rutgers what I have,” Dare said at Rutgers media day. “If I red-shirt, that’s fine. I’m here to learn and I’m here to help Rutgers win games.”
Dare was the first New Jersey commitment in the Rutgers 2015 class. He led in recruiting, and did the same during his first summer program.
Team captain Leonte Carroo praised Dare for his early leadership, a message learned from offensive coordinator Ben McDaniels.
“I met with coach McDaniels when I first got here and he said the biggest job for a quarterback is to be a leader,” Dare said. “After that meeting, after every workout, I pulled my freshman group over to be that leader. The fact that Leonte Carroo noticed that and complimented me means a lot.
“He’s a great guy. He knows his stuff. He’s been in the NFL. He’s a former college quarterback. Look at where his brother is now, the OC of the Patriots. Getting the plays from them and passing it down to us is great.”
Dare likely works on the scout team during regular-season practices, which kicks off Sunday night.
“Where I am right now, I’m pretty comfortable with what I learned,” Dare said. I’ve still got to get on my feet and learn the rest of the playbook. Chris [Laviano] and Hayden [Rettig] help me a lot with the playbook. They’re all helpful but Chris has been in the system for three years. He knows the playbook, and I need to learn from him.”