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Giovanni Rescigno Welcomes "Open" Quarterback Challenge

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- As one of two quarterbacks left on the current Rutgers roster, how did things change for Giovanni Rescigno this spring? The rising junior welcomes competition at what coach Chris Ash said called an “open position” for the fall.

When the Rutgers spring game ended and another round of camp came to a close, Giovanni Rescigno was the last man standing in the quarterback room.

After he threw for 193 yards and a touchdown on an 18-for-30 mark Saturday in the spring game, Rescigno addressed the differences at the position in the wake of Tylin Oden’s dismissal and Zach Allen’s torn ACL.

With walk-on Troy Anthony left to run the second-team offense as the only other quarterback on the roster, Rescigno ran the first team for the entire game.

“From going to … eight quarterbacks last year to we have two, three in the quarterback room, it’s a lot different,” Rescigno said. “But with me, Troy, Zach, we’re all close together, we’re all good friends and you don’t want to see someone like Zach get hurt like that. It’s terrible for him.

“But in the quarterback room, it’s fine right now. It was like a week we didn’t have Zach, but we’re still good.”

As Rutgers evaluates its options at quarterback, reinforcement arrives in June with 2017 signee Johnathan Lewis. Coach Chris Ash said he expects there to be competition and that the position would be open during training camp.

“It’s an open position,” Ash said. “Gio is the No. 1 guy all through spring. When Zach got hurt, Troy was out there. But Gio is coming out of spring the No. 1 quarterback. We have two of them right now.

“Johnathan Lewis will be here in the fall and definitely will be here to compete between those two guys, and we’ll see what else happens at the quarterback. But those two guys will be here. It will be an open competition to see who wins the job at that point.”

When that situation arrives, it is one Rescigno has experience with.

“I have things I have to work on and have to get better at and I’m going to do over the summer — watch a lot of film, be around coach (Jerry) Kill a lot because he knows so much football,” Rescigno said. “I only know one percent of what he knows, so I need to get as much football as I can in the summer, going to camp and just keep working hard.”

Ash said throughout the spring that he saw Rescigno progress. The 6-foot-3, 227-pound Rescigno always sees room for improvement.

“Just staying patient more times, going through my reads, trusting with my eyes, telling me to throw the ball and stuff like that,” Rescigno said. “Really understanding defenses.”

Until training camp in August, Rescigno plans to perfect his craft.

“I still want to be out there playing right now,” Rescigno said. “I’d play all night if I wanted to. I’m kind of upset spring ball’s over because nothing’s better than going out there every other day and playing with your boys. I wish it wasn’t over, but we’ll get ready for camp.”

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