Competition is open, but Rutgers does have a QB1 heading into spring practice
Rutgers offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson was clear to say that there’s an ongoing competition for the starting quarterback job in Piscataway. Heading into spring practice, though, the Scarlet Knights do have a guy in that No. 1 spot.
Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, Gleeson said that returning quarterback Noah Vedral is the guy right now. Vedral was the starter for the Scarlet Knights through most of the 2020 season, but suffered an injury that kept him sidelined at the end of the year.
“Noah is the starting quarterback right now, but we are evaluating everyday,” Gleeson said, per TheKnightReport.com.
Vedral played in seven of Rutgers nine games last season and was the starter in those contests. He threw for 1,219 yards and 9 touchdowns with 8 interceptions while completing 61.5% of his passes. Vedral also rushed for 193 yards and an additional score.
#Rutgers OC Sean Gleeson on the QBs: “Noah is the starting quarterback right now, but we are evaluating everyday.”
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Following the 2020 season, Vedral announced he would be returning for another season at Rutgers.
Vedral transferred to Rutgers after playing at UCF and Nebraska. His main competition for the starting job will be Artur Sitkowski, who was the primary starter for the Scarlet Knights in 2018 but has seen limited action the past two seasons.
The competition between the two will continue until the 2021 season kicks off. For now, though, it’s Vedral taking snaps with the first-team offense.