For five straight games this season, grad transfer Kyle Bolin has been Rutgers starting quarterback. Heading into this weekend’s game against Illinois, that is no longer a certainty.
There is a strong possibility that true freshman Johnathan Lewis could earn his first collegiate start at the position.
“We opened the quarterback position up during the bye week,” head coach Chris Ash said today during his weekly press conference. “There has not been a final decision yet on whether Kyle will continue to start. Kyle's still in the mix. A lot of it is not necessarily about the quarterback, it's about the surrounding pieces. We've got to play better on the O-line. We've got to play better at receiver. We've got to be able to run the ball better, protect the quarterback better.
"If we can't do those things, we have to take a look at what we can do and who we're doing it with to try to spark our offense and be able to move the ball and score some points. But we have not made a final decision yet on who our starting quarterback will be.”
Ash expects to have this decision in place before the end of the week.
“I’ll decide it at some point sooner than that," he said. "We may not tell you that until kickoff, but we'll see how it goes.”
While Lewis may look like the best option, Ash also included junior Gio Rescigno in that mix.
“Same three guys that have been playing or have been in the mix. I mean, Gio hasn't necessarily been playing. He's gotten some reps, but he's been in the mix since day one,” Ash said. “All three of those guys got a lot of reps this last week, and all three of those guys will get some reps this week in practice. Obviously, all three have different skillsets. So, again, like I mentioned, the number one thing that will probably be the deciding factor are the pieces around the quarterback and the support cast.
" We've got to get better at O-line. We've got to get better at wide receiver, and how much better we can get will probably determine who is going to be the quarterback.”
For more insight into the quarterback battle, check out our latest Scarlet Slant.