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Gary Nova Can’t be Game Manager in 2013 for Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Gary Nova

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The 2012 season for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights started off very well with a 7-0 start. The team stumbled down the stretch however, losing four of their last six games including their bowl game.

A player like quarterback Gary Nova now needs to turn into a superstar on the field. He was good last season but if the Scarlet Knights have visions of bigger things, Nova needs a bigger season.

He threw for 2,695 yards in 2012 with 22 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He had many games where he threw for under 200 yards, which isn’t going to work. Nova is obviously a game manager. Rutgers needs more than that though.

The schedule is one that the team should be able to handle early on and could easily be 4-1 after the first five weeks. They went 9-4 last season and only have two hard games to deal with this year. It would be a disappointment if Rutgers didn’t win at least nine games again.

I will be watching to see if Nova does take that next step. There is no excuse not to right now. He has the experience to become a quarterback who throws for over 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in 2013. This may not be the season where Rutgers wins the American Athletic Conference, but it can be one where they land very close to the top.

After all, they did tie with three other teams for the conference title last year. There is only two more months to wait to see what kind of progression Nova made in the offseason.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.