PISCATAWAY, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Gary Nova has been selected to be Rutgers’ starting quarterback.

Coach Kyle Flood announced the decision Monday, giving Nova the nod over Chas Dodd, who had started eight games as a sophomore last fall.

“We are fortunate to have two talented quarterbacks who have won big games for us,” he said in a statement. “This has been an excellent competition but Gary’s body of work ultimately earned him the job.”

A sophomore out of New Jersey high school football power Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, Nova has enjoyed a strong training camp, hitting 22 of 32 passes for 334 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in two scrimmages.

Though Flood had stated all summer that he wanted to name his starting quarterback “7-to-10 days” before the opener, the first-year Scarlet Knights coach opted to reward Nova the job early because preparation for Tulane begins this week.

The Scarlet Knights will open the season Sept. 1 at Tulane.

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