Rutgers has landed a grad transfer quarterback from Nebraska in Noah Vedral who will undoubtedly compete for the starting job in 2020.
For the second consecutive season, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights have landed a grad transfer quarterback, this year he comes in the form of Noah Vedral, from Nebraska.
Greg Schiano knew he had to act quickly to find another quarterback option, and he did so in grabbing Noah Vedral, a grad transfer from Big Ten rival Nebraska. This will be Vedral’s third team as he was originally with UCF but followed Scott Frost to Nebraska.
The move to Nebraska was tough for Vedral, it was difficult to get playing time with a high-upside player in Adrian Martinez in the quarterback room, which made for a difficult situation.
Vedral had two starts in his time at Nebraska and didn’t necessarily impress. He completed 36 of 61 attempts, totaling 447 passing yards, he didn’t throw for a touchdown but threw just one interception. To be fair, Rutgers quarterbacks weren’t much better, which will make Rutgers a good landing spot for Vedral.
Rutgers’ original starter McLane Carter suffered a concussion in the second game of the season, which ended up resulting in a decision to give up football.
Carter was a grad transfer from Texas Tech and he was not expected to start for Rutgers, but did anyway. This shows that the competition is wide open for this upcoming season with Vedral and Artur Stikowski.
Artur Sitkowski took over for Carter when he got injured, but decided to redshirt after appearing in his third game. Rutgers thought Sitkowski would be the quarterback of the future in 2018 despite his rough performance. He was a true freshman and Rutgers knew there would be a tough learning curve.
Johnny Langan replaced Sitkowski and didn’t look very good either. The quarterback play for the Scarlet Knights last year was rough across the board. They could use this transfer, and they probably wouldn’t have gotten it without Schiano.
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Things are looking up around the RU football program, recruiting has already taken major strides since Schiano’s been the head coach, and they are currently ranked in the top-25 for the Class of 2021.
The 2020 class moved up well over 30 spots to the 65th-ranked class as soon as Schiano got his hands on the program. Now, with recruiting going strong, as well as being able to gain a transfer with two years of immediate eligibility at a position of need, the pieces are starting to come together.
Arguably the best player on Rutgers’ 2019 roster will be back next year in running back Raheem Blackshear after he decided to redshirt mid-season. If the squad can lean on him less with the addition of Vedral, especially since he has the ability to make plays himself, Rutgers projects to be substantially improved.
Schiano is taking what he can get, and clearly has a plan for how he wants his football team to shape up.