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PISCATAWAY -- In the final days of April -- when it looked like awide receiver might have to take quarterback snaps just for short-handedRutgers to hold a spring game -- it seemed like an absurd question.
Is it possible that Rutgers will rotate multiple quarterbacks through games in 2017?
It sounds much less silly now that competition for returning starter Giovanni Rescigno is being imported from all angles -- high school recruits Jonathan Lewis, walk-on transfers Tommy Wyatt and Rob Nittolo, Power Five graduate transfers Kyle Bolin and injury returnees Zach Allen.
In that case, is it possible?
No, I wont do that, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jerry Kill told NJ Advance Media. That doesnt mean you wont put somebody in a Wildcat situation, but flipping a guy quarter-to-quarter aint going to happen. I havent seen very many teams win playing two guys.
How did Rutgers sports fare in Year 3 of B1G?
Kill did it once before, as head coach of Minnesota with Mitch Leidner and Philip Nelson in 2013. He ultimately settled on Leidner at the end of an 8-5 season, and Nelson coincidentally transferred to Rutgers en route to finishing his college career at East Carolina.
I did it, and I think it hurt us, Kill said. Id never done it before.
Kill did not specifically discuss any of the college transfers but made it clear thatRescignos advantages -- a six-month head start in team meetings and learning the new playbook, 15 spring practices with Kill and six career starts in the Big Ten -- are not insurmountable for his challengers.
The competition doesnt begin in August with the first training camp practice, either.
Bolin, aformer Louisville starter with one year of eligibility remaining, already is on campus and received uniform No. 9.
You are going to see what they are going to do in the summer as far how they are going to lead their team and their work ethic, Kill said. Whether its in the weight room or on their own or whatever they do. Who are the players going to follow? Youll get a feel for that in the summer probably.
The NCAA is allowing two hours per week of team walkthroughs during the summer for the first time. Additionally, training camp is slated to start one week earlier without 2-a-days.
Anything is possible, Kill said. Its how hard they work. They have to do a lot of work on their own. They have to do a lot of studying. A lot of film-watching. And were going to have to keep it simple no matter what. Even with Gio.
Rutgers fans begged to see a rotation of quarterbacks in 2015, when starter Chris Laviano struggled through 12 starts under former coach Kyle Flood. They saw it to no avail in 2016, when Rutgers played four quarterbacks during coach Chris Ashs first year at the helm.

Kills reputation as a top offensive play-caller is built on anability to confuse defenses with multiple looks from play-to-play. But he wont force things that dont fit Rutgers personnel just because they worked for him at Minnesota or Northern Illinois.
We cant get carried away and try to do so many things, Kill said. Even if we have a loss or something doesnt go your way or you get pounded, you just cant throw everything out the door. Sooner or later you have to stick with something.
Just like Kill will stick with the starting quarterback who checks the most boxes on his list.
In camp, with me and a quarterback, it really comes down to one who understands the system, one who the team is going to follow, one who can get us in the right plays, a guy who is not going to turn the ball over ... and a guy who is going to move the chains, Kill said.
If we have a guy turning the ball over, were not going to be able to play. If you look at last year here -- or you look across the board in football -- we cant afford to help anybody. Same thing when I went to Minnesota. The turnover thing will be huge in camp.
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Gio Rescigno, Kyle Bolin, Johnathan Lewis, Zach Allen and more: How will Jerry Kill balance the many Rutgers QBs competing to start?

Watch video




PISCATAWAY -- In the final days of April -- when it looked like awide receiver might have to take quarterback snaps just for short-handedRutgers to hold a spring game -- it seemed like an absurd question.
Is it possible that Rutgers will rotate multiple quarterbacks through games in 2017?
It sounds much less silly now that competition for returning starter Giovanni Rescigno is being imported from all angles -- high school recruits Jonathan Lewis, walk-on transfers Tommy Wyatt and Rob Nittolo, Power Five graduate transfers Kyle Bolin and injury returnees Zach Allen.
In that case, is it possible?
No, I wont do that, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jerry Kill told NJ Advance Media. That doesnt mean you wont put somebody in a Wildcat situation, but flipping a guy quarter-to-quarter aint going to happen. I havent seen very many teams win playing two guys.
How did Rutgers sports fare in Year 3 of B1G?
Kill did it once before, as head coach of Minnesota with Mitch Leidner and Philip Nelson in 2013. He ultimately settled on Leidner at the end of an 8-5 season, and Nelson coincidentally transferred to Rutgers en route to finishing his college career at East Carolina.
I did it, and I think it hurt us, Kill said. Id never done it before.
Kill did not specifically discuss any of the college transfers but made it clear thatRescignos advantages -- a six-month head start in team meetings and learning the new playbook, 15 spring practices with Kill and six career starts in the Big Ten -- are not insurmountable for his challengers.
The competition doesnt begin in August with the first training camp practice, either.
Bolin, aformer Louisville starter with one year of eligibility remaining, already is on campus and received uniform No. 9.
You are going to see what they are going to do in the summer as far how they are going to lead their team and their work ethic, Kill said. Whether its in the weight room or on their own or whatever they do. Who are the players going to follow? Youll get a feel for that in the summer probably.
The NCAA is allowing two hours per week of team walkthroughs during the summer for the first time. Additionally, training camp is slated to start one week earlier without 2-a-days.
Anything is possible, Kill said. Its how hard they work. They have to do a lot of work on their own. They have to do a lot of studying. A lot of film-watching. And were going to have to keep it simple no matter what. Even with Gio.
Rutgers fans begged to see a rotation of quarterbacks in 2015, when starter Chris Laviano struggled through 12 starts under former coach Kyle Flood. They saw it to no avail in 2016, when Rutgers played four quarterbacks during coach Chris Ashs first year at the helm.

Kills reputation as a top offensive play-caller is built on anability to confuse defenses with multiple looks from play-to-play. But he wont force things that dont fit Rutgers personnel just because they worked for him at Minnesota or Northern Illinois.
We cant get carried away and try to do so many things, Kill said. Even if we have a loss or something doesnt go your way or you get pounded, you just cant throw everything out the door. Sooner or later you have to stick with something.
Just like Kill will stick with the starting quarterback who checks the most boxes on his list.
In camp, with me and a quarterback, it really comes down to one who understands the system, one who the team is going to follow, one who can get us in the right plays, a guy who is not going to turn the ball over ... and a guy who is going to move the chains, Kill said.
If we have a guy turning the ball over, were not going to be able to play. If you look at last year here -- or you look across the board in football -- we cant afford to help anybody. Same thing when I went to Minnesota. The turnover thing will be huge in camp.
Ryan Dunleavy may be reached at rdunleavy@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @rydunleavy. Find NJ.com Rutgers Football on Facebook.




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