WHAT IS THERE TO LIKE? The first year is over for Chris Ash at Rutgers and it's now time to win games. Setting a new tone, changing the culture and doing things a different way are great slogans, but Rutgers needs more victories in 2017 and Kyle Bolin can give them a chance at a position they were terrible at a year ago. It's very tough to win when you have bad quarterback play, and Bolin was stuck behind the Heisman Trophy winner at Louisville. Bolin could start at several Division-I schools, and I don't think that holds true for the guys that played behind center last year at Rutgers. Ash had to to out-recruit other programs for Bolin, with Texas being the clear second choice.
WHAT ARE BOLIN'S STRENGTHS? This is not Cam Newton or Aaron Rodgers, so the size and arm strength are not in the A+ range. But this is a quarterback that is intelligent, accurate and gets rid of the football quickly. For his career, Bolin completed 141 passes on 242 attempts, for 2,104 yards and 13 touchdowns. In 2014, Bolin lit up Kentucky to the tune of 381 yards and three touchdowns in a come from behind win. In the Belk Bowl against Georgia, Bolin threw for 300 yards and one touchdown. He can move the football through the air, and move around in the pocket to create openings down field.
WHAT ARE THE INTANGIBLES? For a program starved for some success, the Scarlet Knight team can now look at a signal caller that has had success against the highest level of football. Bolin has participated in big wins, bowl games and learned the quarterback position from Bobby Petrino, one of the finest offensive minds in college football. Bolin is used to winning, and the hope is that he can bring some of that magic to Rutgers. I would expect him to be the starter for the opening game in 2017.