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Much of spring talk has revolved around new offensive and defensive coordinators, but the Rutgers football team’s most important December hire could prove to be the man leading the battle for leverage up front. With 34 years of experience at six BCS schools, new offensive line coach Mitch Browning brings a decorated resume to Piscataway.
Junior left tackle Keith Lumpkin said playing alongside senior left guard Kaleb Johnson for a full year helped their communication with blocking.
At this point in the year, there is little Gary Nova can do to ease concerns about his ability to play at a consistently high level for the Rutgers football team. Until the senior quarterback puts together a more complete season, doubts about the mental aspect of his game will likely continue to linger. Head coach Kyle Flood insisted Saturday he is not ready to name a starter for next season anytime soon, despite Nova’s impressive spring.
Senior quarterback Gary Nova had an impressive second spring scrimmage Saturday, developing habits of throwing the ball out of bounds instead of forcing passes into tight coverage. Nova said he must now carry over those habits into games.
Seeing the numbers Tyler Kroft put up last season at tight end — a team-high 43 catches for 573 yards, both top-10 nationally — was all Nick Arcidiacono needed to have faith in his development with the Rutgers football team. Then after the sophomore found out Kroft would likely be out for the spring with a shoulder injury, he got even more fired up.
Sophomore tight end Nick Arciadiacono has taken advantage of several first-team snaps during the spring with junior tight Tyler Kroft nursing an injury. Arciadiacono is the only backup tight end on Rutgers’ roster with game experience and has bulked up to 230 pounds since last season.
Head coach Kyle Flood said he agrees with the NCAA’s decision to allow schools to provide unlimited meals to student-athletes.
Coming off two seasons plagued with injury and inconsistencies, junior placekicker Kyle Federico is confident this is his year to peak. It just might have to wait until the summer to unfold. Following the graduations of four-year long snapper Robert Jones and holder J.T. Tartacoff, the Rutgers football team’s special-teams unit is undergoing a transition phase.
Through spring practice and August training camp evaluations alone, Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood might be hard-pressed to enter the Big Ten with someone other than Gary Nova as the starting quarterback. With 28 career starts, the senior remains the Scarlet Knights’ most proven commodity and arguably Rutgers’ most talented player at the position.
Sophomore wide receiver Janarion Grant is getting a chance to play slot receiver with fellow sophomore Ruhann Peele injured.
Junior quarterback Mike Bimonte has shown poise and made sound decisions while splitting first-team reps in spring practice with senior Gary Nova and redshirt freshman Chris Laviano.
Senior Gary Nova is trying to hold off junior Mike Bimonte in RU’s quarterback competition, which will likely linger into training camp.
Whether it was missing a tackle, reacting a step slow to a receiver or failing to turn the head around on deep throws, Rutgers football cornerbacks went through a nightmarish 2013 campaign. The numbers are well documented at this point: a program-worst 4,056 passing yards allowed overall, including more than 400 in four different contests.
Sophomore cornerback Nadir Barnwell said new defensive coordinator Joe Rossi is emphasizing energy, aggression and physicality from the secondary.
When Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood benched Gary Nova for the final three games last season, losing a streak of 28 straight starts was the least of the quarterback’s worries. Nova experienced a sense of humility — a wake-up call that he needed to find a way to reinvent himself. After the Scarlet Knights started the year 4-1, the former Don Bosco (N.J.) Prep star fell into another second-half slump, tossing 10 interceptions as Rutgers lost four of five games.
Head coach Kyle Flood said senior Gary Nova and junior Mike Bimonte are slightly ahead of redshirt freshman Chris Laviano in the spring QB battle.
Senior quarterback Gary Nova said he often tried to force bad passes last year.
It was only the first scrimmage of the spring, and film will reveal more, but Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood was impressed Saturday with what he saw from the naked eye of Mike Bimonte. One of three quarterbacks working with the first-team unit, the junior threw 6-for-8 for 108 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown and another rushing score, according to an unofficial stat count.
Senior Gary Nova is one of three quarterbacks currently taking first-team snaps in Rutgers football spring practice.
With the graduation of Quron Pratt and Brandon Coleman forgoing his last year of eligibility, the wide receiver position is one of a few in question for the Rutgers football team. Last season, Coleman and Pratt led the wideouts with 34 and 32 receptions, respectively. The Scarlet Knights lost over 1,000 yards from the duo and four touchdowns from Coleman.