Rutgers Football: Team Left with Hole at Quarterback as Tom Savage Transfers

Double G Sports@DoubleGSportsCorrespondent IJanuary 10, 2011

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - SEPTEMBER 02:  Tom Savage #7 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights drops back against the Norfolk State Spartans at Rutgers Stadium on September 2, 2010 in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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After two seasons, Tom Savage has gone from face of the program to transfer student. One of the school’s most heralded recruits in history has decided to transfer, the school announced on Saturday. It is not yet determined where Savage will play next season.

Speculation has already begun as to why Savage made this decision. Was it simply from losing his starting job last season? Was it a rift about the way the coaching staff handled him? It’s unlikely we will ever hear the truth.

With Rutgers having hired a new offensive coordinator and looking to run a true pro-style offense once again, they appeared to be letting Savage become the quarterback all Rutgers fans had come to know.

After taking over as the Rutgers starting quarterback early in his freshman season, Savage gave Scarlet Knights fans something to look forward to in the future. Savage took over for Dom Natale and threw for 2,211 yards and 14 touchdowns that season. He was named to the Freshman All-American Team.

Savage entered his sophomore season as the starter. Behind a struggling offensive line, the quarterback became tentative and unsure of himself. In his fourth start of the season against Tulane, Savage injured his hand. Backup quarterback Chas Dodd took over and remained the starter for Rutgers last eight games of the season.

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