PISCATAWAY, N.J. (August 20, 2012) – Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood announced Monday that sophomore Gary Nova (Elmwood Park, N.J.) has been named the team’s starting quarterback. Nova and junior Chas Dodd (Lyman, S.C.) were locked in a tight competition at quarterback through spring practice and the first two weeks of preseason camp.
“We are fortunate to have two talented quarterbacks who have won big games for us,” said Flood. “This has been an excellent competition but Gary’s body of work ultimately earned him the job.”
As a true freshman in 2011, Nova started five games under center and appeared in 10 games overall. The Don Bosco product finished the year 116-of-227 passing for 1,553 yards and 11 touchdowns. Nova completed 51.1% of his passes and threw nine interceptions in 2011.
Nova came off the bench to engineer a 19-16 double overtime victory at Syracuse (Oct. 1). Nova established personal-bests in attempts (31), completions (23) and equaled a career-high with two touchdown passes in the 21-20 victory over Navy on Oct. 15. Nova threw for 271 yards vs. the Mids in the win.
In just the fourth quarter of the regular-season finale at Connecticut, Nova threw for a career-high 298 yards passing and two touchdowns.
Rutgers opens the 2012 season Saturday, Sept. 1 at Tulane. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET with live national television coverage on CBS Sports Network. The Rutgers Radio Network begins pre-game coverage at 7p.m. ET.