The quarterback battle at Rutgers has dwindled to just two contenders, but not in the way head coach Greg Schiano had originally hoped.
Veteran signal-maker Noah Vedral will miss the Scarlet Knights’ season-opener Saturday’s game against Boston College due to an injury, a source familiar with the situation told NJ Advance Media. His status is categorized as “Weekly”.
Scarlet Knights have yet to announce who will start. Gavin Wimsat, the highest-ranked quarterback in program history at the time of the pledge, is a prime contender for the nod, but Schiano has remained solid throughout the preseason, with junior sophomore Evan Simon in the starting lineup. There is a possibility.
Sources say the possibility of a two-quarterback platoon, a scenario mentioned by Schiano throughout the offseason, remains a possibility at Chestnut Hill.
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“Whatever it takes to give you the best chance to win,” Schiano said at the Game Week press conference on Monday. will play against multiple players if it feels that is the best way to win the match, otherwise it will play just one.”
The already high pressure on the revamped offensive line has increased significantly to improve from last season’s disastrous show, and whoever Rutgers chooses to replace Vedral, they will match his experience. I can’t.
Vedral started 20 games for the Scarlet Knights in his first two seasons at Piscataway after moving from Nebraska. He started seven games during the 2020 coronavirus season and started all 13 games in the 2021 campaign.
According to Big Ten Network’s Gerry DiNardo, who joined Rutgers in practice early in training camp, Vedral looked like “maybe he’s going to be that guy” in the 2022 season.
Following the camp’s first practice, Vedral said his approach to the competition remains the same as it has been in the past two years at Rutgers and that he’s “preparing to be a starter.” During that time, the future quarterback coach happily played the role of mentor to the younger members of the room.
“I’m not going to withhold information. They share information with me. If they learn a tip, we share it,” Vedral said earlier at the camp. “Meeting rooms are really supportive, which is great. Not all rooms are like that. … Which bodes well for the season because you don’t know who’s playing every week, you can be a starter for a week, you might be out with an injury, things like that happen. you have to be ready.
Unfortunately for Vedral and his team, his words turned into prophecy.
Wimsat appeared in four games last season. This would be the first time since he entered Rutgers in September when he was supposed to be a senior in high school.
His signature moment remains the first career pass from Darts to wide receiver Beau Melton, who scored a crucial 4th down against Illinois in Champaign. His longest action came in the Gator Bowl, where he intercepted 7 of 16 passes for 30 yards and ran for 39 yards on 4 carries.
After spending the summer honing his ability to “study defense,” develop his ability to “get in tune with the game,” and grow in the weight room, Wimsat said on the first day of training camp, “I feel more comfortable with myself.” I felt like I did,” he said. Do it, ‘listen up’ was approaching the quarterback competition.
“Being careful, everyone teaches each other everything so they don’t make the same mistakes,” Wimsat said. “Evan and Noah, they’re open about it. We help each other get better.”
Despite being in the program for an extra year, Simon doesn’t have as much experience as Wimsatt.
After redshirting the 2020 season, the Pennsylvania native appeared in six games last fall and was the first choice to replace Vedral, who suffered multiple injuries. He completed 16 of them (57.1%) for 145 yards, 1 interception and no touchdowns.
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