Rutgers names Gary Nova starting quarterback

Monday August 20th, 2012

Gary Nova was named Rutgers' starting quarterback. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

The domino effect caused by the transfer of Rutgers quarterback Tom Savage in 2011 resulted in Don Bosco Prep's Gary Nova de-committing from Pittsburgh and signing with the Scarlet Knights.

Nova's decision appears to be paying off. Rutgers coach Kyle Flood named him the starting quarterback after an off-season battle with Chas Dodd.

From the Newark Star-Ledger:

"We are fortunate to have two talented quarterbacks who have won big games for us," Flood said in the statement. "This has been an excellent competition but Gary's body of work ultimately earned him the job."

The 6-2, 225-pound Nova, a product of powerhouse Don Bosco Prep, started five games and appeared in 10 as a true freshman last season. He finished 116-of-227 for 1,553 yards with 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Flood originally said he would name a quarterback seven to 10 days before Rutgers' Sept. 1 opener at Tulane, which meant any time from Wednesday on. But he decided to act following Saturday night's scrimmage, after Nova went 7-of-13 for 180 yards with three touchdowns -- a 60-yarder to Mark Harrison and a 75-yarder to Miles Shuler among them.
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