Drew Mehringer Analyzes New Starting Quarterback

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer breaks down the Rutgers quarterback change for Minnesota game week.

Rutgers offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer on Giovanni Rescigno after seeing the film...

"Gio came out there and he provided a spark for us, he made a couple of plays with his feet and that kind of energized our guys, kind of energized the sideline. So from that standpoint, it's something we needed at that point in the game."

On if Rescigno's dual-threat ability makes him a better fit at QB...

"He definitely has some dual-threat stuff to him. Is he a pure runner? No, I don't think so. But he did a nice job for us. Did he have legitimately QB carries? I think he had two that were designed. But when the play broke down, especially on a third-down conversion — I believe it was third-and-six, going toward the red zone away from our scoreboard — he made a play with his feet and gave us a big first down right there. So from that standpoint, I think that kind of was that spark that we were talking about and kept the drive alive for us."

On areas of improvement for Rescigno...

"I talked to Gio coming out of spring ball and Gio is an extremely conscientious kid — cares a lot about his performance, everything that he does, really, academics, from every standpoint of his life. He's a kid that, coming out of the spring, I was like, 'I think you have a lot of room for improvement. I thought you would have improve more in the spring.' And so he had a heck of a summer in his own personal development and that has continued up until this point. He's a kid that's never wavered despite some of those other guys going in and gave some time and he's just kept working and this past week was he went out there and did some things we didn't see other guys do yet."

On being ready for action...

I'll credit Gio on what his preparation has been. When we talked to him, talking to him at halftime, I said 'Gio let's have a tough conversation right here. What are you comfortable with?' He said, 'Coach, call it all.' I said, 'no, let's be real clear about what that means.' He said, 'no Coach, I'm good.' We went quickly through the call sheet and he spit it all out and he knew what to do with the ball and where to go. That's a credit to him and his preparation. He's a great note taker. He asks a lot of questions. He's got some game experience now.”

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