The Rutgers quarterback race is open once again as the coaching staff is faced with the decision of whether to start true freshman Johnathan Lewis in place of senior Kyle Bolin, who has started the first five games of the season.
“I think probably the biggest thing as we put the game plan together is getting a person who best fits what we're trying to do and execute to be better on offense,” offensive coordinator Jerry Kill said yesterday. “We’ll see how it goes throughout the week. It’s going to be the guy we feel like we need to win. So we will find out the guy that gives us the best opportunity to win.”
Will the offense have to change if Lewis is inserted into the starting lineup for the first time in his college career?
“Not at all,” Kill said. “…We wouldn’t have to do a whole lot different from what we’ve worked on throughout the year. It wouldn’t be a major change.”
A lot of learning has been done on the fly for Lewis as a lot of things were thrown at him early on.
“Johnathan did not get here until July,” Kill said. “What has been put on his plate and how he is doing it, he’s done very well. We wouldn’t be playing him if we didn’t think we needed to. And he needs the experience, that’s the other thing.”
Early enrollment for quarterbacks is proving to be a more frequent occurrence and Kill mentioned the value in that.
“I think positions not as much as quarterback. I think it is a necessity. I can’t tell you who is coming in in this signing class. But whoever it is, we certainly encourage them to come in in January if they can. It is a huge significant thing.”
Kill cannot talk about recruits publicly until they actually sign with Rutgers, although RU quarterback commit Jalen Chatman is expected to enroll in January and could wind up being the team’s No.2 quarterback by the start of training camp next year.
Here are some snippets from Kill’s press conference yesterday at Rutgers.