Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said deciding on his starting quarterback for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl would not be an easy decision.
Schiano met with local reporters to discuss the bowl game Monday and was asked whether he would start Chas Dodd or Gary Nova against Iowa State. Both have started games this season, but most recently Schiano pulled Dodd in favor of Nova late in a 40-22 loss to UConn.
"Both are capable and we have to figure out what fits best, you never know," Schiano said. "Other than the limited practice time we have had, it has predominately been recruiting and bowl planning other than game planning. We will get the tapes broken down and then get to game planning.”
When asked what will go into making his decision, Schiano said. "I take everything, including the body of work up to this point, trends and what is happening now in these practices," he said. "Everything always goes into the equation. Then at the end you take all those quote, end quote numerical data and weigh it out and decide what is best."
Schiano was also asked about the health of his team going into the bowl game. He is unsure whether running back Savon Huggins (ankle) would be able play.
“We don’t know for sure. Savon is making progress," Schiano said. "The key is when we start game plan prep, can he go? That is kind of going to be the measuring stick. If we had to play, some of the guys that are hobbled would probably play, but there is no reason to push a guy like D.C. (Jefferson) or (Justin Francis). They are going to get conditioning and are going to stay in shape and hopefully as we go, we get them back one by one. Tim Wright hopefully will be feeling better so that opportunity is a good one.”