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It is difficult to find a position that controls so much in the course of a sporting event — and is so vital to the team — more than the position of quarterback in football. On that same end, it is hard to find a position more popular than the leader of the offense.
Senior Gary Nova will play the last home opener of his career Saturday against Howard. Nova is set to start his 30th career game at quarterback for the Knights.
Head coach Kyle Flood said that this year’s version of Gary Nova is different than in the past. Flood said the ups and downs Nova went through the last two seasons as the starting quarterback have strengthened him as a football player entering his senior season.
From the moment Mitch Browning stepped foot on campus in December, there was no mistaking the Rutgers football team’s new offensive line coach.
Sophomore Chris Muller has started 13 career games at right guard, gaining experience that he said made him feel part of a fraternity with Rutgers’ offensive line.
Junior left tackle Keith Lumpkin gave high praise to offensive line coach Mitch Browning, who he said is teaching Rutgers smash mouth fundamentals and stressing technique as the basis for developing a dominant run-blocking scheme. The Knights gained 215 rushing yards vs. Washington State.
With arguably the biggest game in school history looming next Saturday, it would be hard to blame the Rutgers football team for overlooking Howard (0-1) in tomorrow’s home opener.
Despite being 3-0 all-time against Howard on a combined score of 127-14, Rutgers is taking nothing for granted in its home opener as Penn State looms next weekend.
When the game was on the line last Thursday against Washington State in the fourth quarter, there was one key defensive play to set up the go-ahead touchdown for the Rutgers football team.
Senior free safety Jonathan Aiken earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against WSU, the first conference award in Rutgers history.
Some high school and college athletes fear the expression walk-on. When considering which school they want to attend as they enter their next phase as athletes, the role itself can mean their future is vague and uncertain.
Junior Paul James said walk-ons have to prove themselves and stand out.
Senior fullback Michael Burton said regardless of his walk-on status, he always had a chip on his shoulder.
As a selection to the preseason watch list for the John Mackey Award, annually given to the nation’s top tight end, Tyler Kroft figured Washington State’s defense would center its game plan on the 2013 breakout star.
Junior tight end T yler Kroft faced double and triple coverage against WSU.
Pac-12 member Washington State and FCS school Howard are polar opposites in terms of offensive philosophy, which means the Rutgers football team is likely to employ equally different defensive personnel groups in Saturday’s home opener.
As a true freshman last season, John Tsimis played sparingly during the campaign while appearing in five games for the Rutgers football team.
Sophomore receiver John Tsimis stood out with smart plays and quality routes.
Sophomore free safety Delon Stephenson said the Knights are emphasizing pressing the hips for improved tackling in their home opener Saturday against Howard.
Junior Leonte Carroo said the receiving group needs to step up, including himself, while two key players are inactive.