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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights football program's preseason camp has begun, check back to this SB Nation New York StoryStream for the latest news, injury reports and information on position battles.

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Rutgers Football Preview: Scarlet Knights Have Options At Wide Receiver

As Jeremy Deering goes through the motions of moving from the Rutgers Scarlet Knights’ special teams unit to a full-time receiver, the junior still brings one similarity from his 2011 play; he’s fast.

Deering, who finished last season as the Big East’s leading kick returner, recorded 17 returns for 530 yards, including a 98-yard dash that helped lead the Scarlet Knights to a 20-17 overtime victory against USF on November 5.

Deering’s move to wideout gives recently named starting quarterback Gary Nova a quick option in the open field; literally. Thanks to his well-documented speed and agility, Deering’s expectations on the field are already high.

If the junior can break open the opposing Big East defenses this season, expect Nova to take advantage of it.

He may be a first-time receiver, but Deering could, and likely will, have a major impact on the Scarlet Knights total offense.

Deering will be joined on the field by returning wideouts Brandon Coleman and Quron Pratt, who add another dimension of size and strength to the Rutgers’ receiving corps.

Coleman in particular will have high expectations in the Scarlet Knights’ opening matchup against Tulane, just over a week from now.

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound junior posted incredibly impressive numbers in 2011, racking up 552 yards and six touchdowns on just 17 receptions.

Pratt, also returning for his junior season, finished last year with a team-high 32 receptions; expect him to be a favorite target for Nova in 2012.

The Scarlet Knights are, no doubt, young in the receiver spot, but what they lack in age, they make up for in experience, totaling six returnees for this season. That experience will give Nova, in his first year under center, plenty of options in the air.

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Rutgers Football Camp: Khaseem Greene, Three Others Named Captains

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights football program named its captains for the 2012-13 season Monday. Senior wide receiver Timothy Wright, senior linebackers Khaseem Greene and Steve Beauharnais and senior defensive back Mason Robinson each earned the honor.

The announcement was made by first-year head coach Kyle Flood after his team's practice. Flood admitted he's not ruling out naming a honorary captain for each game as "there are other people that are deserving of it."

Greene, last season's Co-Big East Conference Defensive Player of the Year, said he was happy with the honor, but admitted it didn't come because he was good.

"Being injured and battling that adversity and coming out and making the best of it. You understand, when the going gets rough, what it takes to get over that," said Greene, who suffered a severe ankle injury in last year's Pinstripe Bowl victory over Iowa State. "Dealing with that adversity puts me at a bit of an advantage."

"I had a big smile on my face," Robinson said after he heard the news. "It was great."

For more on Scarlet Knights football, check out the blog On The Banks.

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Rutgers Football: Gary Nova Named Starting Quarterback

Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Kyle Flood said over the weekend he'd name a starting quarterback sometime next week, and he wasn't lying. On Monday, the first-year headman made sophomore Gary Nova the squad's No. 1 signal caller entering the 2012 season, ending a preseason battled between Nova and junior Chas Dodd.

Nova will become the Scarlet Knights' fifth different season-opening quarterback in as many seasons.

The decision came after a strong performance by Nova in Saturday's scrimmage, which featured the Don Bosco Prep alum completing 7-of-13 passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns -- two of them being over 60 yards.

"We are fortunate to have two talented quarterbacks who have won big games for us," said Flood in a press release announcing his decision. "This has been an excellent competition but Gary’s body of work ultimately earned him the job."

Last season, Nova played in 10 games for Rutgers, starting in five of them, and showed the tools of a blue-chip quarterback tossing for 1,553 yards and 11 touchdowns. But at times Nova struggled to make good decisions (nine interceptions).

Rutgers opens its season Sept. 1 against Tulane University.

-- For the latest on all things Rutgers, head over to On the Banks.

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Rutgers Scrimmage: Chas Dodd, Gary Nova Both Make Case For Starting Job

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights football program held their second scrimmage of preseason camp Saturday, and all eyes were on the quarterback battle between sophomore Gary Nova and junior Chas Dodd at High Point Solutions Stadium. In the end, the two signal-callers each made a case to be the Scarlet Knights' No. 1 guy, says ScarletNation.com.

Dodd ended the scrimmage completing 23-of-39 passes for 286 yards and four touchdowns, while Nova went 7-for-13 for 177 yards and two touchdowns. Nova also completed a few deep passes, including a 60-yarder to wide receiver Mark Harrison and a 75-yarder to wide receiver Miles Shuler.

The performances by the two quarterbacks could make it tougher for first-year head coach Kyle Flood to decide on a season-opening starter. Flood said he expects to make a decision some time next week.

In the backfield, Jawan Jamison rushed for only 33 yards on 12 carries, while Savon Huggins rushed 10 times for 14 yards.

Overall, there were no turnovers in the scrimmage, which made Flood happy.

"[I'm] extremely pleased," Flood said. "The first rule of football is the ball is the program, so if we protect the football we are always going to have a chance to win."


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-- For the latest on all things Rutgers, head over to On the Banks.

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College Football Preseason Rankings: Rutgers Scarlet Knights Receive Votes

Rutgers received votes in the USA Today Coaches' poll, but did not receive votes in the Associated Press' poll.

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Rutgers Football Camp, Day 2: Darius Hamilton, Jeremy Deering And More

For the second day Tuesday, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights football program took to the practice field. The Scarlet Knights were again in shorts and t-shirts doing drills and technique work. At the conclusion of practice, first-year head coach Kyle Flood spoke to the media.

Here's some notes from Flood's press conference:

  • The squad implemented plays for first and second down Tuesday, and the plan is to go over third and fourth day plays on Wednesday. The idea, says Flood, is to implement the plays into Saturday's scrimmage.
  • Freshman defensive end Darius Hamilton had some cramping issues, but Flood stated that's normal for a rookie who's getting a lot of early-season reps. So far, its not a concern.
  • The first noticeable depth chart changes will come on Monday. Flood said he'd like to go the week, keep the groups together as much as possible, have the half scrimmage on Sat. and Sunday evaluate where the depth chart stands.
  • Seems like running back/wide receiver Jeremy Deering will be a full-time wide out in 2012-13.

Meanwhile, over at the SB Nation blog On The Banks, a position-by-position preview of the squad is slowly taking place. Here's a link to the quarterbacks and running backs.

-- For more on Rutgers football, check back to his SB Nation New York StoryStream.

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