Giovanni Rescigno beat the odds to become Rutgers' starting quarterback.
When spring practice opened under first-year coach Chris Ash, Rescigno was third behind incumbent Chris Laviano and Hayden Rettig, who started the season opener last year and was the backup the rest of the way. The addition of TCU transfer Zach Allen and highly touted freshman Tylin Oden in the summer beefed up the competition.
Oden was viewed as the quarterback of the future given his dual-threat ability in offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer's power-spread offense.
However, Rescigno kept his name in the mix. And when Ash benched Laviano during a 24-7 loss to Illinois after completing 48.3 percent of his passes for 748 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions this season, he turned to Rescigno to lead Rutgers' (2-6, 0-5 Big Ten) offense.
What caught the eye of the coaches was Rescigno's play as the scout team quarterback before a game against Illinois. By mimicking dual-threat quarterback Chayce Crouch, Rescigno displayed his ability to run the football, a key in Mehringer's offense. >> Read more at SNY.tv...
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