Gary Nova picked as Rutgers' starting quarterback

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Gary Nova has been selected to be Rutgers' starting quarterback.

Coach Kyle Flood announced the decision Monday, giving Nova the nod over Chas Dodd, who had started eight games as a sophomore last fall.

A sophomore out of New Jersey high school football power Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, Nova has enjoyed a strong training camp, hitting 22 of 32 passes for 334 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in two scrimmages.

The Scarlet Knights will open the season Sept. 1 at Tulane. Though Flood had stated all summer that he wanted to name his starting quarterback "7-to-10 days" before the opener, the first-year Scarlet Knights coach opted to reward Nova the job early because preparation for Tulane begins this week.