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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Rutgers' Gary Nova says staggered stance suits him best under center

By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto

PISCATAWAY — That wide stance Gary Nova has under center, one where his right foot is planted and his left dropped noticeably back? It's called a staggered stance, and Rutgers' junior quarterback uses it on purpose.

Nova worked last spring with quarterbacks coach Rob Spence on getting away more quickly from the line of scrimmage. He offered the approach to Spence, who made sure Nova could still make each hand-off in Rutgers' playbook and complete timing throws.

"I have been," Nova said Thursday, "and he hasn't said anything."

A typical stance under center features a quarterback's legs bent almost parallel at shoulder width. Nova says his stance is more staggered than most on TV.

"Just feel comfortable down there," he said. "I feel most athletic down there. I can move real easily out of that stance."

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