The incumbent, Giovanni Rescigno, has been a dependable option for Coach Ash. After Kyle Bolin struggled in the beginning of the season, Rescigno took over the starting job, throwing for 517 yards on 100 attempts, with a completion accuracy of 47 percent, picking up wins over Purdue and Maryland.
However, the coaching staff has never allowed Rescigno off the leash, and I think that says something. Even though Rutgers had a run-first mentality, their passing game lacked too much to be competitive in the Big Ten under Bolin and Rescigno.
Without question, Johnathon Lewis is certainly a fun guy to watch. Coming off of the bench last year, Lewis was put into some perfect scoring situations by the coaching staff, scoring six touchdowns in seven appearances. The inexperience showed, too, however, with his four interceptions in such a small sample size.
At 6-foot-3, 230 lbs, with a big arm, Lewis is one of the coolest gifts Ash has from his 2016 recruiting class that has yet to be fully unwrapped. The competition is stiff, but if Lewis can make some adjustments to his game, mainly with decision making, he can be one of the main considerations.
Sitowski went from a disappointing loss in recruiting to Rutgers biggest recruiting accomplishment this year in a matter of weeks. The quarterback was originally committed to Miami before deciding to flip and come to Rutgers. Discussing the decision with NJ Advanced Media, Sitowski said “I knew in my heart that this was the right place, it’s home.” Artur Sitowski, an IMG academy product, is a true talent.
At 6-foot-5, 220 lbs, Sitowski has no problem using his legs, and ran an option style offense while at Old Bridge High School. However, the incoming Scarlet Knight has a wealth of weapons in his arsenal, being ranked the fifth pro style quarterback in the nation. Coming out of IMG, he will have a bit of a leg up on the other new faces, and should be able to step into the competition as a main contender despite being a first year.
The Western Michigan transfer and, yes, brother of Super Bowl winning quarterback Joe Flacco, Tom comes into the year as a junior, eligible to play again after NCAA transfer regulations forced him to be sidelined for the 2017 season. It was thought that Flacco had a chance to win the starting job at WMU last year, but a change to the coaching staff may have diminished that opportunity. Now, the 6-foot, 200-pound quarterback will return to his New Jersey roots to contend for a starting job.
Fifty-eight touchdowns? Yes, 58 touchdowns (52 passing, 6 rushing) for Jalen Chatman during his junior year at Narborne High School out of Harbor City, CA. The dual threat quarterback shows wild athleticism in his tapes, and an uncanny knack for finding the open field with ease.
Coming out of California, Chatman loses the hometown boy battle automatically, but his talent keeps him close in the running. Last season, I would have thought Chatman could see some time as a freshman in special packages, the fact that I can still see that happening considering the added talent should speak to what I see in Chatman.
With spring ball underway these should be the main quarterbacks being considered for the starting job, and from the looks of it, Rutgers has the problem of owning too much talent. Each of these players brings something different to the table, and it will be up to new offensive coordinator John Mcnulty in his second stint as Rutgers OC to determine who makes the perfect fit.