Greg Schiano hasn’t even been approved by the Rutgers University Board of Governors yet, but he’s already made his first major move as head coach.
On Monday, RUScarletNation reported that former four-star and starting quarterback Artur Sitkowski intends to stay at Rutgers, despite entering his name into the NCAA transfer portal last week. Sitkowski was contemplating moving on from Piscataway after Rutgers terminated head coach Chris Ash.
It’s a big win for Schiano, who is hoping to keep some of Rutgers’ most talented pieces within the program during the transition phase. Quarterback is a great place to start.
Sitkowski was the team’s starter last year, but struggled mightily as a true freshman. In 2018, he threw for 1,158 yards and four touchdowns but owned a completion rate under 50 percent and tossed 18 interceptions.
This year, Sitkowski lost the starting job to Texas Tech transfer McLane Carter. When Carter suffered a season-ending injury, Sitkowski took over under center. He only played in three games, throwing for 429 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.
Because he did not exceed the four-game limit, Sitkowski was able to retain his redshirt status. He’ll likely be the favorite to win the starting job for the Scarlet Knights in 2020.