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One of the biggest decisions Greg Schiano and his coaching staff have to make is who Rutgers’ starting quarterback will be for the season opener against Michigan State.
They took the first steps toward deciding that on Monday.
During a virtual news conference with local reporters Monday, Schiano said all the quarterbacks have been getting reps at practice but that reps would start to be “tightened” this week based off what coaches have seen after five days of practices in full pads.
Schiano said the coaching staff was meeting Monday afternoon to discuss personnel decisions moving forward.
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Graduate transfer Noah Vedral figures to be among the frontunners for Rutgers’ starting quarterback job. (Photo: The Associated Press)
The condensed preseason is forcing Rutgers to expedite the process.
“It’s not training camp,” Schiano said. “That’s the big difference. You don’t have them all day. You don’t have walk-throughs, then meetings, then practice, then meet again. So you really have a condensed version in your preparation. So you would usually let this meeting happen a week later but we have to do it now because we don’t have as much time and are 19 days away from our first game so that’s the reason for doing it.”
Who’s in the mix?
Graduate transfer Noah Vedral, who spent the last two years at Nebraska after transferring from Central Florida, and returner Art Sitkowski figure to be the frontrunners for the job.
Sitkowski played in three games last season, including a 300-yard passing performance against Boston College, before deciding to redshirt. He later entered the NCAA transfer portal before returning to Rutgers after Schiano was hired.
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Johnny Langan, who took over as the starting QB after Nunzio Campanile became interim head coach last season, could also be in the mix but it remains to be seen whether he’s changed positions or not.
Schiano said the team will release a roster next Monday and deferred any comment on potential position changes until then.
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New offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson runs an up-tempo system, and Vedral’s dual-threat ability could be best suited among the quarterbacks on the roster.
Rutgers quarterback Artur Sitkowski throws to a receiver in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Maryland, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (Photo: Patrick Semansky, AP)
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Vedral played in six games during an injury-plagued 2019 season at Nebraska, including two starts.
He was 34-of-52 for 418 yards for the season while also rushing for 106 yards on 30 carries with three touchdowns.
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Peyton Powell could be a candidate to move to a different position, but Cole Snyder and true freshman Evan Simon could also be in the mix.
At this point, Rutgers is still gauging who best can run Gleeson’s offense after months of trying to learn it virtually.
“I can tell you those guys are really working hard, that whole group of quarterbacks, trying to understand Coach Gleeson’s system which we’ve been doing since we got here,” Schiano said. “But now you have to execute it with people trying to come after you. It’s a little different then executing it in a desk chair over a Webex.”
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