NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers football has decided to go with a freshman over a red-shirt senior for the quarterback job.
Artur Sitkowski will start as quarterback for the 2018 season opener against Texas State on Saturday, Sept. 1, before heading out to Ohio State to compete against one of the most talented defenses in college football.
As expected, Sitkowski beat out fifth-year senior quarterback Gio Rescigno, who is one of six captains on this year's team.
Sitkowski is set to become the first Rutgers true freshman to start the season opener since Ryan Cubit in 2001. The last true freshman to start any game behind center for the Scarlet Knights was Gary Nova in an overtime win over USF on Nov. 5, 2011.
It will be much different than Old Bridge High School, where Sitkowski played for three years before attending IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., as a senior. As a four-star recruit and rated the nation’s No. 9 pro-style quarterback by ESPN.com, there are high hopes that Rutgers has found a quarterback in which to build a competitive program.
Having joined the Rutgers program in January, Sitkowski participated in spring practice and threw for 280 yards and three touchdowns on 11 completions in the Scarlet-White game.
Single-game tickets are on sale via RutgersGameday.com as the Scarlet Knights host Buffalo (Sept. 22) and Big Ten foes Indiana (Sept. 29), Illinois (Oct. 6), Northwestern (Oct. 20), Michigan (Nov. 10) and Penn State (Nov. 17).