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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Rutgers' Gary Nova, Chas Dodd could split reps against Temple

By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto

PISCATAWAY — Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood said Wednesday he could envision both Gary Nova and Chas Dodd splitting reps at quarterback Saturday against Temple.

It would be the first time Rutgers had a rotating door at the position since 2011, when Dodd started eight games and Nova five. Nova has thrown seven interceptions in Rutgers' last two games, both losses, and Dodd replaced him last week in a 49-14 loss to Houston.

Nova said Wednesday that he and Flood have spoken privately this week but declined to talk about the subject of the conversation. Flood listed Nova and Dodd as co-starters Monday on the team's depth chart.

"I just have to prepare as the starter," Nova said, "and when I'm in there, I have to perform."

Flood has never faced the proposition as a head coach. He proclaimed Nova his permanent starter Aug. 20, 2012, during Flood's training camp and hasn't wavered, even after Nova's completion percentage hovered around 50 percent during the tail end of 2012.

If Rutgers plays both Nova and Dodd  an early predetermined rotation is likely, Flood said, before likely giving way to who performs better.

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