Coach Chris Ash is able to continue his success in getting recruits to buy into the upward mentality in the future of Rutgers Football. Adding to his list of accomplishments, quarterback Tom Flacco will bring competition to the position in 2018. Unfortunately, NCAA transfer regulations will not allow the quarterback to see the field until after this season.
The 6-foot tall, 200-pound transfer had a legitimate chance to win the starting job at Western Michigan this fall, but made the decision to return to his Jersey roots. The change may come as a surprise, but comfort and a coaching change at WMU may explain the decision to head east.
As a freshman, Flacco threw for 188 yards and a touchdown, adding 266 yards and two scores on the ground. The following year featured minimal action as he attempted only one pass. The dual threat appeared in only 13 games at Western Michigan, but played behind Zach Terrell, who was consistently impressive throughout his college career.
Although he doesn’t have Super Bowl hardware like his older brother, it is clear that Tom has his eyes set on large goals. The walk-on leaves behind a scholarship, and a possible starting job at WMU. Not to mention, the Big Ten is a much larger compilation of talent than the Mid-American Conference.
Flacco’s hunger will have to wait until next year though, as Kyle Bolin and Giovanni Rescigno battle. Ash is making good on his claims of bringing competition and building a progressive team attitude. Last year made it seem as though the Big Ten move turned out to be a Big Mistake, but Ash seems confident Rutgers can pick back up as an established program. The excitement is there, and for new players like Tom Flacco, it seems the hunger is as well.
Flacco’s transfer was first reported by the “Pardon My Take” podcast.
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