Friday Night Notebook: No Decision at QB

Chas Dodd

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood spoke to reporters Friday on his weekly post-game teleconference. Flood addressed the quarterback situation and morale after the 41-17 loss to UCF Thursday night.

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood reviewed the film from Thursday's loss to UCF, but will need a few more days before making a decision on the quarterback position. The goal, Flood said, is to have a decision between junior Gary Nova and senior Chas Dodd before the start of the practice week on Monday.

"We're still evaluating it," Flood said. "I'm not going to close the door on anything. We're not going to practice tomorrow. We're going to practice on Monday instead, so we'll make a decision before we go out there on Monday."

Nova struggled with accuracy in the loss to UCF, completing less than a third of his passes to go along with an interception and 107 passing yards.

"Gary wasn't accurate enough," Flood said. "Part of that is Gary, and part of that is the people around him. … I know Gary feels like he can play better. All we can do is go out this week and work to get better."

Dodd finished the last two blowout losses, with solid ball movement against the prevent defense. Dodd is 24-for-36 in a mop-up role during conference play. He has 202 passing yards with no touchdowns and an interception during that stretch.

Flood plans to evaluate both leading up to practice for the Connecticut game week.

"I think we have to continue to look at the film, and examine where the breakdowns are and see if we feel like we can make enough improvements to stay the same course, or feel like Chas gives us a better chance to win," Flood said. "That's really the way you make decisions on every position on the team. You always go with the guy that gives you the best chance to win."

Fundamentals became an issue on both sides of the ball against UCF. Flood saw plays called that put Rutgers in good position for an impact, but a lack of execution.

Offensively, Rutgers dropped catchable balls, and did not block well in the run game.

"As much as you talk about accuracy, there are passes yesterday that were not perfectly thrown, but we have caught those passes in the past," Flood said. "We didn't catch them yesterday, and we have to do a better job of catching it."

Rutgers missed tackles consistently on UCF quarterback Blake Bortles as well.

"I think our team is frustrated and I think that's a good thing," Flood said. "I don't feel like the frustration will lead to discouragement. Any time you don't get a player on the ground, you try to do it fundamentally better.

"He was a big, strong quarterback and he's not going to be the easiest quarterback to get on the ground, but we've got players who should be able to do that. We're going to work this week to make sure we're using the right types of tackles when we get into those positions to get him down."

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