Underdog is a familiar role for Rutgers sophomore quarterback Giovanni Rescigno.
Stuck behind five-star Shane Morris for three years at Warren (Mich.) De La Salle, Rescigno scrapped his way to a strong senior season in high school – a season that earned him a scholarship offer from Rutgers.
Decked out in the Quick Lane Bowl undershirt earned near his hometown in 2014, Rescigno described his hunger for opportunity as an underdog yet again.
“[I need to show] leadership and knowing that I can do my assignment right,” Rescigno said. “It's the small things that they ask of us as a quarterback. Working on that and, going forward, getting better every day.”
Rescigno fell behind Chris Laviano and Hayden Rettig by the end of spring practice. A powerful offseason conditioning program for the now-224-pound quarterback. A longshot to win playing time for the Rutgers offense, Rescigno won't back down.
“It's great to go out there and compete every day,” he said. “That's why I go out here and play football. I love football and competing is a big part of football so it's good to go out there and compete no matter what.
“ … Throughout the summer I think I got a lot better strength wise, football wise, anything mechanically or in the weight room. I think I got a lot stronger, a lot faster in certain aspects of it. The summer definitely helped. I put a lot of hard work into it.”
Rutgers is two practices down for training camp.
In the transition from a pro-style to spread offense, the mobile Rescigno feels more comfortable under Drew Mehringer's scheme.
“From the spring, obviously installing a whole new offense in the spring is different from now because we kind of have a grasp of it but there's still a lot of room for improvement,” Resigno said. “I'm going to watch film and do the extra things to get better at it and improve throughout camp.
“ … This is our first time going through the schedule with all of these coaches, the new coaches. It's getting back into the groove of playing football again and the schedule. Learn from your mistakes after the first day of practice and obviously there's a lot of room for improvement.”