Rutgers got a huge addition from the transfer portal this offseason, as Nebraska quarterback Noah Vedral decided to commit to Greg Schiano and the Scarlet Knights. It was a great boost for a program that has struggled mightily and is undergoing a coaching change.
Vedral spent time at UCF before transferring to Nebraska, following Scott Frost to Lincoln. But with Adrian Martinez locking down the starting job for the Huskers, Vedral decided that leaving the program and pursuing an opportunity elsewhere was in his best interest.
Now, Vedral will begin competing for the starting job at Rutgers for the 2020 season. Schiano, who spoke with the media on Monday, really likes what the quarterback brings to the field.
“I think Noah really fits what we want to do offensively really well,” Schiano, according to NJ.com’s Keith Sargeant. “He’s an experienced guy. He has two years of eligibility remaining, he is a very mature guy. He’s a talented guy. He has the skill-set that I think can fit well into what we’re doing as well as the experience.‘’
Vedral appeared in six games for the Huskers last season, completing 34-of-52 pass attempts for 418 yards. He also totaled 106 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries. His biggest contributions came against Minnesota and Indiana, games in which Adrian Martinez was sidelined with injury.
After seeing what Vedral can do on the field, Schiano believes the former Husker can compete immediately for the starting job.
“He’s a great addition to the team,‘’ Schiano said. “I think there will be a tremendous quarterback competition in training camp. It’s their job to perform and it’s our job to figure out what is the best decision for our team.”
Schiano and his staff have been very active in the transfer portal during the offseason. Nine players from the portal decided to commit to Rutgers, six of which previously suited up for B1G programs.
Rutgers is coming off a 2-10 season, and hired Schiano after firing Chris Ash midway through the 2019 season.