At the conclusion of a loss to West Virginia that culminated a disappointing 4-8 season, Tom Savage was asked about his future.
He stated that he was going to discuss that individually with head coach Greg Schiano at the end of the season, just like every other player on RU's roster does at the conclusion of a season.
The sophomore quarterback struggled mightily along with the rest of the Scarlet Knights in 2010. Savage appeared destined for stardom after a solid freshman campaign, leading the Knights to a victory against Central Florida in last season's St. Petersburg Bowl.
Instead of starring for Rutgers, Savage found himself holding the clipboard, backing up the diminutive Chas Dodd, a true freshman.
Savage admitted in his postgame interview that it was difficult to go from being a highly touted recruit to watching a kid who has more remaining eligibility start in the position that appeared to be his going into 2010.
"It was very difficult," Savage said. "Being a player, you want to go out and play. It's what it is. It's college football and Coach feels that (Dodd) gives them the best chance to win, and I'm a team player so I have to help out my teammates."
While he said the right thing about helping his teammates, it did appear that Savage was truly "into" the team after watching Savage on the sidelines. He was directing plays for Dodd and performing the roles he was offered without pouting or ever being caught doing the wrong thing.
Does he stay or does he go?
However, there is that word in his answer—them.
Freudian slip? Perhaps, but possibly a harbinger of where Savage's heart lies.
There is no doubt the kid wants to play. Hopefully, he won't run from this competition with Dodd and look to play somewhere else, but the word "them" certainly provides the clue that he may be thinking of leaving.