Artur Sitkowski has had to show some resiliency early in his career. As the rising sophomore enters his second season at Rutgers, the quarterback continues to impress his offensive coordinator.
During Saturday’s spring game, Rutgers offensive coordinator John McNulty talked about the progress Sitkowski has made over the last several months, not only as a quarterback but as a leader. After a forgettable freshman campaign, it’s a promising sign.
“He’s really run the operation well. Came out smoking [during the spring game] and we kinda slowed down a little bit as we’re going, but he’s really kinda mastered all the little things — before the snap type things,” McNulty said of Sitkowski. “I think he’s operating better through his progressions, cooler in the pocket. And he’s been enabled to lead these other three freshmen [quarterbacks] in the group.”
Sitkowski came to Rutgers as a four-star prospect and became the immediate starter under center for the Scarlet Knights. But due to a struggling offensive line, issues with the rushing attack and a lack of playmakers, his freshman season was no walk in the park.
In his first season with the Scarlet Knights, Sitkowski completed just 49 percent of his passes and threw 18 interceptions with just four touchdowns. Rutgers ended the year with a 1-11 record and failed to win a single B1G contest.
The arrival of Sitkowski was expected to be a turning point for the program, but it didn’t come as quickly as some would’ve hoped. But the positive news is that Sitkowski is continuing the develop and progress as a quarterback, when it would’ve been easy to throw in the towel.