But that's right where the Tenafly, N.J. native wants to be.
Lovelace, who has worked with both the quarterbacks and the wide receivers, has been the only quarterback confirmed to see the field by head coach Greg Schiano and he's excited for the opportunity.
"I'm just excited to get back out there and run around and see what we can do," Lovelace said. "After the injury, I'm just really itching to get back out there."
Lovelace has had about as strange of a training camp as one could have. After starting camp as a leading contender for the starting quarterback job, Lovelace was asked by Schiano to move to wide receiver and work at that position.
"When I first got there, they were making lots of jokes, but they see how hard I'm working at it," Lovelace said. "Every now and then, they'll tease me, but they help a lot do. They help me tinker with my game and I'm a better player for it."
So when Lovelace moved back to quarterbacks a week later, it not only came as a surprise, but he feels that he was improved because of his time at receiver.
"You get to relate to the guys a little bit better," Lovelace said. "When you get a bad ball, you know how it feels. You understand how they feel and that makes you a better overall player.
You just really relate and try and do the best you can with the ball. You know the feeling of catching it so you want to help them do it."
And when camp was all said and done, Lovelace's role came full circle – meaning it mirrors his role with the team prior to his injury and prior to the departure of Mike Teel. Lovelace, come Monday, will likely be asked to run a package consisting of scrambles, hand-offs, Wildcat looks and a general change-of-pace style at quarterback.
"I felt fine in the beginning of camp and I feel fine now. I feel great," Lovelace said. "I'll play receiver or quarterback or whatever. I just want to help the team."
Schiano said that he likes the weather report, for Monday, of 81 degrees and a sunshine filled sky.
The only player Schiano expects to miss the game because of injury is tailback Kordell Young who will be "emergency only" after a series of setbacks with his surgically repaired knee.
Schiano also closed the questions on a series of special teams ordeals. Junior punter Teddy Dellaganna will handle kickoffs against Cincinnati and that the return game will be exactly what was listed on the two-deep, making Mohamed Sanu a kick returner, Devin McCourty a punt returner and Joe Lefeged the backup for both.
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