Rutgers QB Noah Vedral to miss season-opener vs. Boston College with injury

Rutgers’ quarterback battle has been reduced to two candidates, but not as head coach Greg Schiano initially hoped.

Veteran signalman Noah Vedral was unable to attend Saturday’s season-opening meeting with Boston College due to an injury, sources familiar with the situation told NJ Advance Media. His status is classified as “Weekly”.

The Scarlet Knights have yet to announce who will start. Gavin Wimsatt, the highest-ranked quarterback in program history when he was sworn in, was the favorite to get the nod, but Schiano remained firm throughout the preseason and third-year sophomore Evan Simon could start.

Schiano has mentioned the possibility of a two-quarterback platoon throughout the offseason, and that remains a possibility at Chestnut Hill, according to sources.

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“Do whatever it takes to give us the best chance of winning,” Schiano said at his game-week news conference on Monday. “(Offensive coordinator) Sean (Gleeson), myself and the offensive team, if we think that’s the best way to win the game, then we’re going to play against multiple guys. If not, we’re going to play one.”

There are two certainties: The pressure on the revamped offensive line to improve from last season’s disastrous performance has now increased significantly, and whoever Rutgers chooses to take Vedral’s place won’t be able to match his experience .

After moving from Nebraska, Vedral started 20 games for the Scarlet Cavaliers in his first two seasons in Piscataway. He was the undisputed starter on arrival, starting seven games in the 2020 coronavirus season and then starting all 13 games in 2021.

According to Gerry DiNardo of the Big Ten Network who attended Rutgers training early in training camp, Vedral looks like “he could be that guy for the 2022 season.”

After his first training camp, Vedral said he will still be “ready to be a starter” with the same attitude to the game as he did in his first two years at Rutgers. Meanwhile, the future quarterbacks coach is happy to act as a mentor for the younger members of the room.

“I don’t withhold information. They share information with me. If they learn a trick, we share it,” Vedral said earlier at the camp. “The meeting room is really collaborative, which is fantastic. Not all rooms are like this. The humility and team-first attitude that our rooms carry has really given us a great opportunity to work together. … This is the season It’s also a good sign because you don’t know who’s playing every week. You can be a starter in a week. You could be out with an injury. It’s going to happen. You have to be prepared.”

Unfortunately for Vedral and his team, his words turned into prophecies.

Wimsatt played four games last season, his first at Rutgers after enrolling in September in what should be his final year of high school.

His signature moment remains his first career pass, a dart to wide receiver Beaumelton, who made the pivotal fourth hit in Champagne’s win over Illinois. His longest action was in the Gator Bowl, where he completed seven of 16 passes for 30 yards and an interception and ran for 39 yards on four carries.

After improving his ability to “study defense”, “get more attuned to the game” and develop in the weight room over the summer, Wimsart said on the first day of training camp that he felt “I’m more comfortable now.” do” and are “opening their ears” to approach the quarterback game.

“Watch out, guys are teaching each other everything to make sure we don’t make the same mistakes,” Wimsatt said. “Evan and Noah, they’re open about it. So we’re helping each other get better every day.”

Despite an extra year in the program, Simon has no more experience than Wimsatt.

After redshirting for the 2020 season, the Pennsylvania native played in six games last fall and was often the first choice to replace Vedral during the various times he was injured. Simon completed 16 of his 28 passing attempts (57.1 percent) for 145 yards, one interception, and no touchdowns in those appearances.

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