Big One: Rutgers QB Giovanni Rescigno's Debut Touchdown Shows Explosion on First Touch

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- From playing behind five-star Shane Morris at Warren (Mich.) De La Salle to a third-string role in training camp, Giovanni Rescigno is used to fighting for opportunities at quarterback. He discussed his special debut for Rutgers after the 52-14 victory over Howard.

Rutgers quarterback Giovanni Rescigno on college debut...

"It's a dream come true to play in a college game for the first time. I was looking forward to it. I prepared hard for it. It was great."

On touchdown run...

"It's a play we repped a lot, so I did what i had to do and made a play. It was great. ... I prepared all week. I prepare every week as if I'm going in the game any time my name is called. We just prepared, so when they called my name, I was ready to go."

On rise to backup quarterback...

"I just go in every day and try to work as hard as I can. I don't take my reps for granted, so every time in practice, I get my reps and I try to make the most of them. ... From the spring until training camp started, it was drastic improvement. I put a lot of hard work into the summer. A lot of hard work went into this summer. I think that going into training camp, I was a lot more confident in what I had to do. I knew that I can play well, so I just wanted to put that training camp in, try my best every single day."

On growth in the passing game...

"I think from the spring, it's a huge difference. I really wanted to work on it over the summer mechanics wise. I talked about that before. Going into training camp, I think that I improved a lot through summer. ... The drills I did throughout the summer and on top of that, getting more reps, I never got that many reps in the spring. Going into the summer, going into training camp was my first time getting numerous reps. I didn't want to take those reps for granted. Every rep I got, I wanted to make the most of it."

On Tylin Oden's performance...

"We all love Tylin. We were all excited when he went into the game. He's a good, great kid, works hard. He's obviously an extremely-gifted athlete, so we love to see him go out there and run the ball. It's really cool."

On a dual-threat quarterback...

"Whatever coach wants us to do, whenever coach wants me to go into a game, I'll be ready to go. That's why I prepare every week."

On mental focus...

"Throughout high school and coming into college, the position I've been in is always behind somebody or third string in this scenario. I'm not the kind of person that I will put my feelings in front of what I want to accomplish throughout college and life in general. I'm not going to waste any chance or moment I had and I'm going to work hard."

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