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Checking in on Rutgers ahead of the season opener

The Scarlet Knights named a starting quarterback and threw a party in the cold tub.

Rich Schultz

Washington State continued fall camp practice on Wednesday and the Cougars are still early enough in practice that the focus remains on themselves. The team may have watched some Rutgers film, the coaches probably have an idea of what they want to do, but overall the focus is still on improving and getting better.

The Scarlet Knights are likely doing something similar, but at least now we know which quarterback will be under center. Rutgers held an open competition for the job in spring and head coach Kyle Flood announced Gary Nova as the starter for the season opener. Nova, a senior, has plenty of experience and will start his third season opener. He still had to the win the job, however, because interception issues led to him being benched late last year. Accuracy hasn't been Nova's strong suit either, as he's completed just 54.7 percent of his passes.

Rutgers has its starting quarterback and the Scarlet Knights are also apparently having some fun during camp. On Wednesday, that included coaches and players in uniform taking a dip in cold tubs while music blared and lights flashed. There was even a fog machine (or possibly fire extinguishers being used as fog machines).

Coaches will try anything to break up the grind of camp. That's the first time I've ever seen the cold tub area turned into a nightclub though.


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