Clarity for the RU QBs

Things are finally starting to clear up at the quarterback position. After evaluating the tape from the second scrimmage, head coach Greg Schiano made some major moves at quarterback today at practice.

Senior quarterback Dom Natale has officially been named No. 1 on the depth chart in what seemed to be an inevitable decision, but the more surprised news involves Rutgers' backup options.

Redshirt freshman D.C. Jefferson moved to tight end today, making true freshman Tom Savage the official No. 2 quarterback for the Scarlet Knights.

"I thought I definitely progressed from the first scrimmage," Savage said. "It seemed to happen quickly, but I'm just going to take the opportunity and run with it, just learn from Dom and just keep moving forward."

Schiano said that although Natale and Savage are one and two at the moment, neither is entrenched in his respective role.

"We'll probably mix it up some," he said. "I have not sat down with [Co-Offensive Coordinator] Kirk [Ciarrocca] yet and mapped it out."

Jefferson further solidified Savage's immediate backup role when he moved to tight end today.

"We're taking a look at him there," Schiano said. "We'll evaluate it as we go the next couple of days. I think he can help us. We also moved Evan Lampert over to take a look at him. I just feel like right now we exhaust all the opportunities at that position."

Schiano said that Jefferson could still move back to quarterback.

"Obviously we made a decision to rep these two guys at quarterback and then Jabu in his role," Schiano said. "There's just not enough reps to go around. And he's such an unselfish kid that wants to win, and wants to be part of a winning program, and he wants to play."

Jefferson said that Schiano told him he's made improvements, but right now, he's not ready to play quarterback in the first game.

"In the future, if it pans out it pans out," Jefferson said. "Right now I'm focused on what I'm playing now."

Junior Antonio Lowery and sophomore Manny Abreu are still neck-and-neck in the battle for the open outside linebacker spot.

"I think they kind of did the same actually," Schiano said. "Neither one just grabbed it and pulled away with it. So right now, if we were playing tomorrow they'd both play."

Defensive tackle Blair Bines (ankle) told Schiano that he's starting to feel better.

"Feeling better and getting better are two different things," Schiano said. "We need to get him back out here playing."


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