Gary Nova was benched for the final three games of last season, but that didn't stop him from reclaiming the starting quarterback job only a few days into camp.
Head coach Kyle Flood named Nova the Rutgers starting QB on Wednesday, the sixth day of Scarlet Knights camp. Nova beat out redshirt junior Mike Bimonte and redshirt freshman Chris Laviano for the job.
There was certainly reason to believe why this preseason would feature an open competition after Nova struggled last year. He threw for 2,159 yards, 18 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
But Flood said last week at Big Ten Media Day that Nova would start if the Knights had a game that day.
"Gary's done an excellent job this offseason of really improving his decision-making," Flood said last week. "It's never been about making the throws for Gary. Gary can make all the throws. He's got excellent arm talent, the ability to locate the ball. He's athletic to move around in the pocket. So it's never been about that. It's really just being a consistent decision-maker, and I think he is really taking to what Ralph (Friedgen, offensive coordinator) has been preaching. He went through 15 spring practices, threw one interception in 15 practices. I think that was a good start. I think he's had an excellent summer program. I think he's done a good job of leading all the other players on offense. And now he's got to take that into training camp and make sure when he shows up first day of training camp, he's a better player than he was when we ended the spring game."
Nova has 28 career starts to his name and ranks fifth all-time in passing yards and third all-time in touchdown passes in Rutgers history.