Flood said at the Big Ten media day on Monday he expects to name his QB within the first two weeks of fall camp. Nova's big issue has been turnovers and decision-making - he was benched the final three games of last year after tossing 14 picks in 10 games.
In two seasons, Nova has thrown 30 interceptions. But Flood said today he's improved markedly this offseason in his decision-making process.
Nova performed the best of the trio in spring and new offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen even recently told the Big Ten Network he believes Nova is the starting quarterback.
If not for the QB scrum, the big Rutgers story would be the secondary.
And it should be of special import to Cougar fans given WSU's Air Raid offense. The Rutgers secondary, to put it kindly, is in flux headed into fall ball.
In the depth chart released on Monday, Rutgers listed seven true freshmen and four of them are cornerbacks, (three others were specialists.)
Flood said he looked for JUCO DBs after Signing Day but didn't find any he was willing to spend a scholie on. Apart from starting strong safety Lorenzo Waters, the three other starters and their roles appear up for grabs.
That said, Rutgers played in the ACC last season, with many of those schools employing a spread offense.
Rutgers running back Savon Huggins (shoulder and wrist) is still on the mend and it seems certain he'll be unavailable for the opener against WSU. He was probably going to be a reserve, though.
Huggins was the No. 1 RB at the start of last year before losing the job to Paul James, and James enters the 2014 fall camp as the No. 1 running back per the depth chart. James missed five games in 2013, and still rushed for 881 yards and nine touchdowns.
Punter Joe Roth could be limited at the start of camp but everyone else in the two-deeps looks healthy, Flood said. Backup and converted WR Tejay Johnson has retired due to injury.
-Steve Lassan, college football editor for Athlon Sports