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Incoming Rutgers offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen said he worked this spring to clean up a mechanical issue in senior QB Gary Nova' throwing motion.

"I’ve made one correction with his mechanics," Friedgen said. "He threw the ball on his toes, which puts a lot of pressure on your arm and can lead to arm problems. I was always taught, especially when I was in the NFL, to put your heel in the ground and push off like you’re a pitcher and then get your waist and hips right. It seems to have helped him." This is an important fix, as the former Maryland boss figures to throw more than his predecessors. "My philosophy is to have a balance between run and pass," Friedgen said. "If you’re only one dimensional then they’re going to make you play left-handed and I don’t like to play left-handed. I like to take what the defense gives us."
Jul 24 - 3:32 PM

Former LSU redshirt freshmen QB Hayden Rettig transferred to Rutgers.

Rettig will sit out the 2014 season and retain two years eligibility beginning in 2015. The four-star member of LSU’s 2013 recruiting class was the No. 3 pro-style QB in the country coming out of high school, and the No. 73 overall prospect. Boston College was the reported frontrunner for Rettig's services once he decided to move on from LSU, but former BC QB Chase Rettig's little brother spurned the Eagles.
Jun 12 - 9:20 PM

Former LSU QB Hayden Rettig took an official visit to Rutgers on Tuesday.

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman points out that Rutgers lost one of their quarterbacks when Phillip Nelson was let go. Rettig was previously rated as one of the top pro-style recruits in the country and is the brother of Chase, Boston College's former starter. Rutgers also offered Hayden a scholarship out of high school.
Jun 11 - 10:45 AM

LSU QB Hayden Rettig confirmed to the New Orleans Times-Picayune that he will transfer.

The Times-Picayune speculates that Chase's brother could land at Boston College. Rettig finished spring practices No. 3 on the depth chart behind sophomore Anthony Jennings and freshman Brandon Harris. Rettig, a former four-star recruit, was the No. 3 pro-style quarterback in the country in 2013.
Jun 1 - 9:27 PM

Rutgers dismissed QB Philip Nelson.

Nelson has been charged with one count of first-degree assault and one count of third-degree assault for allegedly kicking 24-year-old Isaac Kolstad in the head during an altercation. Kolstad is in critical condition and is "fighting for his life," according to his father. "The Rutgers football family's thoughts and prayers are with Isaac Kolstad and his family," Scarlet Knights coach Kyle Flood said in a statement. The criminal complaint states Nelson kicked Kolstad in the head after he'd been struck by somebody else early Sunday morning. Nelson never played a down for Rutgers after transferring from Minnesota after last season.
Source: ESPN.com
May 13 - 8:13 PM

Rutgers QB Philip Nelson was charged Monday with one count of first-degree assault and one count of third-degree assault over an alleged role in an assault that left the male victim "fighting for his life."

Nelson allegedly assaulted former Minnesota State linebacker Isaac Kolstad around 2 a.m. Sunday. "(Isaac Kolstad) is currently in critical condition and fighting for his life," Blaine Kolstad, the victim's father, posted Sunday on the website caringbridge.org. "He is young and strong, but the battle he has in front of him is enormous. ... We do know that his brain did sustain permanent damage. We do not yet know to what extent and won't for many days. He is very sick. Please pray for Isaac and all of those involved." Nelson started nine games for Minnesota last season, but transferred to Rutgers over the winter. He must sit out the 2014 season, but would have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2015.
Source: NFL.com
May 12 - 8:56 PM

Saints signed Rutgers WR Brandon Coleman.

Coleman (6-foot-6, 225) tied Rutgers' school record for career touchdown receptions (20) before declaring for the draft as a redshirt junior. He averaged 19.2 yards per catch on 94 grabs. Despite vertical-receiver college stats and a massive catch radius (34-inch arms), Coleman is a buildup-speed player whose game will have to change. He needs to learn how to use his body to shield defenders, because he won't be running by NFL defensive backs. Alshon Jeffery successfully made similar changes in Chicago. Ultimately, Coleman is a project whose outlook could range anywhere from Plaxico Burress to Ramses Barden.
May 11 - 2:50 PM

Eagles WR coach Bob Bicknell worked out Rutgers WR Brandon Coleman on Monday.

Quron Pratt was also involved in the workout. Coleman generated plenty of buzz prior to his final season, but his play dipped and his production was not helped by a poor quarterback. Coleman should be a day three pick.
Apr 9 - 12:20 PM

Former Bucs assistant Ben McDaniels will join Rutgers' football staff to coach wide receivers.

McDaniels is the younger brother of Patriots offensive coordinator Josh, which makes things interesting since the two programs already have a strong pipeline. Rutgers is losing its top receiver, Brandon Coleman, to the NFL.
Feb 11 - 9:31 AM

Rutgers announced Ralph Friedgen as offensive coordinator on Saturday.

The former Maryland coach replaces Ron Prince, who bolted for a spot on the Detroit Lions' coaching staff. Friedgen, 66, went 75-50 as Maryland's coach from 2001-10.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 3 - 6:57 PM

Former Minnesota QB Philip Nelson transferred to Rutgers.

Nelson announced his intention to leave the Gophers earlier this month, citing a desire to find a more passer-friendly offensive system that suited his skill set. Chances are that Rutgers' hire of former Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen as offensive coordinator helped convince Nelson to move to the East Coast. Nelson must sit out the 2014 season, but he'll have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2015. "For me, I am looking to play in a system that centers more around the pass game which utilizes my skill sets," Nelson said in a statement to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "I am excited to go out and meet with programs that match up with my talents."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 29 - 6:22 PM

Minnesota sophomore QB Philip Nelson has an offer from Rutgers and visited the New Jersey campus on Sunday.

Although Rutgers is joining the Big 10, the Knights and Gophers aren't scheduled to face one another until 2016. St. Paul Pioneer Press columnist Charley Walters wrote last week that Texas Tech appeared "to be the front-runner" for Nelson's services. Nelson announced his transfer intentions earlier this month, citing a desire to find a more pass-happy offensive system to suit his skill set.
Jan 26 - 9:00 PM

The Detroit Lions hired Rutgers offensive coordinator Ron Prince as assistant head coach/tight ends coach.

New Lions head coach Jim Caldwell worked with Prince in 2010 and 2011 when the former was Indianapolis' head coach and Prince was the Colts' assistant offensive line coach. Prince served as assistant offensive line coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012 and was previously head coach at Kansas State from 2006-08.
Jan 19 - 3:34 PM

Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press opines that Texas Tech "appears to be the front-runner" for the services of Philip Nelson.

The predictions in Walters' Sunday notes columns are known to have huge swing-and-miss potential, but this tidbit at least passes the sniff test. The pass-happy Red Raiders are desperate for signal-callers after losing both Baker Mayfield and Michael Brewer to transfers within the past month, and Nelson said in his statement that he will look for "a system that centers more around the pass game which utilizes my skill sets." The former three-star recruit is also looking at UCLA, according to Walters.
Jan 19 - 3:07 PM

Minnesota sophomore QB Philip Nelson announced on Thursday that he will transfer.

Nelson, who just completed his true sophomore season, started 16 career games for the Gophers. This past season, he often platooned with Mitch Leidner, a run-first quarterback. "I have the utmost respect for Coach [Jerry] Kill and what he's done for this program," Nelson said in a statement. "I also want to reach out to all the great Minnesota fans that supported the football program and say thank you. Your effort makes a difference. I am looking to play in a system that centers more around the pass game which utilizes my skill sets. I am excited to go out and meet with programs that match up with my talents."
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 17 - 6:00 PM


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