At the end of the 2020 season, Rutgers quarterback Noah Vedral suffered an ankle injury against Maryland that forced him to miss the season finale against Nebraska. On Monday, head coach Greg Schiano had an update on last year’s starter.

“Noah is feeling better, he is not 100 percent yet,” Schiano told reporters on Monday. “It was a pretty serious deal.”

Vedral is the favorite to return as the starter for the Scarlet Knights during the 2021 season. Johnny Langan might be the top competitor for the job heading into next season, especially with Artur Sitkowski hitting the NCAA transfer portal.

Vedral produced well at the quarterback position for Rutgers a season ago, throwing for 1,219 yards and 9 touchdowns while completing 61.5% of his throws in his first year with the program. He also rushed for 193 yards and a score, providing a little bit of that dual-threat ability from under center.

Rutgers ended last season with a 3-6 record, but the improvement was noticeable. Three of those six losses came by one possession, coming up short against Illinois, Michigan and Nebraska.

After making significant strides last fall, Rutgers is looking to take another step in the right direction during spring and into summer and fall camps. The Scarlet Knights will have a better chance to do that if Vedral is at full strength.