Warm Up: Quarterback Position Analysis

Dodd (front) and Nova (middle)

That's right. It's March. And March in Piscataway means spring football practice is right around the corner. To help get ready for Kyle Flood's first spring camp as Rutgers football head coach, ScarletReport.com is here to warm up the football talks by looking at a variety of different topics within the program. Today, we break down the quarterbacks going into camp.

Rutgers has had a new starting quarterback for the season-opener in each of the last four seasons and 2012 may continue the trend. From Mike Teel, to Dom Natale, to Tom Savage to Chas Dodd, quarterback at Rutgers has been a revolving door in recent years.

Dodd and true freshman Gary Nova went back and forth through last season and will continue to do so in spring camp in what may become the most competitive position battle this season.

First Teamers

With no clear leader of the pack and a new position coach in Rob Spence, look for Dodd and Nova to split reps down the middle through the spring, barring any injury.

The terminology will not change drastically under Dave Brock's system, but both have to get used to a new system and build connections with players other than Mohamed Sanu. Both quarterbacks won big games for Rutgers last season, but have plenty to work on this spring to take the next step in their development.

For Dodd, who threw for 1,574 yards, 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions and went 6-2 as a starter, developing better touch with the football can help elevate his chances at the starting job. There were many times this season, specifically in the Pinstripe Bowl, where a better touch pass would have led to six points.

For Nova, who threw for 1,553 yards, 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions and went 3-2 as a starter, spring is a time to improve his decision-making.

Too often during the season Nova tried to make too much out of a dead play. The turnovers and penalties piled up and frequently put strain on the Rutgers defense.

Keep an Eye on

Hiring Spence as quarterbacks coach gives rising redshirt freshman Mike Bimonte a big boost. Spence recruited Bimonte to Temple out of Manalapan High School (N.J.) and will get a chance to see how much a year as a redshirt elevated the quarterbacks' game.

Bimonte fell behind Dodd and Nova quickly under Frank Cignetti last year and will be hungry to showcase his skills to a new coaching staff this spring in hopes of cracking the rotation.

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