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Cincinnati head coach Brian Kelly doesn’t know who will start at quarterback for Rutgers when the two teams meet a week from today (Sept. 7) at Rutgers Stadium.
And he says he doesn’t care, either.
Kelly is preparing his team to face both a pro-style QB like redshirt senior Dom Natale (pictured) or true freshman Tom Savage ...or a running QB like fifth-year redshirt senior Jabu Lovelace.
“We’ve tried to take the name of the quarterback out of the equation and deal with what the quarterbacks do,” Kelly said on Monday’s Big East conference call.
Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano continues to say that all three QBs could play in the opener and he has declined to name a starter. The official depth chart released Monday lists three QBs.
“We have three guys that we’re preparing to do that,” Schiano said Monday. “Dom Natale, Tom Savage and Jabu Lovelace. How the reps play out, we’re going to have to see.”
He later added during his Rutgers press conference on SNY: “I have a starter, I’m just not making it public yet.”
Kelly, whose team has won 21 games the last two seasons, says the Bearcats will prepare for everyone.
“What we thought is that two of the quarterbacks are going to mirror a lot of the game plan relative to a traditional pro-style attack that we’ve seen from Rutgers,” he said.
“And then obviously the running end of the quarterback system is part of what we have to plan for.
“Everything that we have to deal with relative to the style that they’ve run and then handle quarterback option stuff, we’ve had to spend time on that.
“It’s just been adding a little bit more into our game-plan.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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