Five years, five season openers, five quarterbacks.
Gary Nova beat out Chas Dodd for Rutgers' starting job, coach Kyle Flood announced Monday in a news release, giving the Scarlet Knights their fifth opening-day starter in as many years.
“We are fortunate to have two talented quarterbacks who have won big games for us,” Flood said in the release. “This has been an excellent competition, but Gary’s body of work ultimately earned him the job.”
Rutgers has not been able to settle on a quarterback since Mike Teel's last season, 2008. Since then, the Scarlet Knights have gone with Domenic Natale, Tom Savage, Dodd and now Nova to open the season.
Nova, a sophomore, and Dodd, a junior, had been battling for the job through spring practice and the first two weeks of preseason camp.
Nova, a Don Bosco Prep alumnus, played in 10 games last season as a true freshman, starting five. He completed 116-of-227 for 1,553 yards and 11 touchdowns with nine interceptions.
Dodd, who began last season as the starter, completed 139-of-245 for 1,574 yards and 10 touchdowns with seven interceptions.
Rutgers opens the season at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 at Tulane. The game will be shown on CBS Sports Network.