Newly named Rutgers starting quarterback Gary Nova knows what it is like to win. Recording an undefeated record in two years as the starter at Don Bosco Prep High School (N.J.), Nova understands the importance of performing in the spotlight. He just has not had that opportunity yet with Rutgers.

Entering his second season in Piscataway and his first full season as starter after beating out incumbent starter Chas Dodd for the job, the sophomore looks to lead the Scarlet Knights into national prominence this year.

“It’s a nice moment to hear that I’m the starter, but now the real hard work starts for the season”, Nova said to The Newark Star-Ledger.

That real work will start with learning when and when not to throw the ball away. That may seem like small-time to some fans but the fact is that if Nova can learn when to throw the ball away instead of tossing an easy interception, it will help Rutgers immensely on the offensive side. Despite putting up very good numbers as a freshman, the Englewood Cliffs (N.J.) native had a catastrophic three game stretch where he tossed seven picks en route to being defeated in two out of the three games.

If Gary Nova can play to his complete potential, the Scarlet Knights may be looking at an even better season than 2006 when Rutgers finished 12th nationally in the polls. Coincidentally, that season featured a first-year starting quarterback as well by the name as Mike Teel who went on to play for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. Teel put up big numbers despite a high interception rate, leading the Scarlet Knights to a landmark season in school history.

New coach Kyle Flood obviously sees potential in Gary Nova and if that potential formulates into him being a star, Rutgers could be partying again like its 2006.

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