Gary Nova began the 2013 college football season as the starting quarterback for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, however he was eventually benched late in the season in favor Chas Dodd. For the year, Nova finished with 18 touchdowns and an eye-popping 14 interceptions, showing that some vast improvement needed to be shown this spring for Nova to be named the starter once again by head coach Kyle Flood as he battles with Mike Bimonte and Chris Laviano.
Apparently he has shown that he has made the necessary positive adjustments this spring as Flood believes that if the season were to begin today, Nova would be the one starting the 2014 campaign under center.
“If we had to play today Gary would be our starter,” Flood told the Associated Press. “We’re not ready to name a starter just yet. I think Mike and Chris made a lot of progress this spring and I think when you got one guy who has a lot of game experience and two others who don’t, you have to give them as many snaps and opportunities as you can if you think they have an opportunity make your team better.”
In the spring game this past weekend for the Scarlet Knights, Nova completed 6-of-13 passes for 78 yards and ran one in for a score, so he didn’t necessarily do anything to lose the front runner status. But only time will tell, once the real games start, whether or not Nova is a new and improved version of himself.