Quarterback Tom Savage, once considered the face of Rutgers football and one of the most heralded recruits in school history, is leaving the Scarlet Knights program.
Savage, who lost his starting job to true freshman Chas Dodd this past season, announced his decision to transfer out of Rutgers over the weekend, though he had not decided on a new destination yet, he said. Savage was given a conditional release, meaning that Rutgers has set limitations on which schools to which he can transfer. He would have to sit out a season if he goes to another FBS school.
“My family and I sat down and we talked, and we decided what was best for my career, which was to get a fresh start elsewhere,” Savage said. “I thought I’d take a step back and really, honestly just get a fresh start.”
Savage earned freshman All-American honors in 2009 when he took over as the starter two games into the season and led the team to a 9-4 mark. But he struggled to start this season and was replaced by Dodd. Savage suffered an injury to his right (throwing) hand in his fourth start, against Tulane, on Oct. 2. Savage returned from the injury and relieved Dodd in Rutgers’ 41-21 loss to Pittsburgh on Oct. 23, but Dodd remained the starter for Rutgers’ last eight games. Savage played 18 games during his two-year career and competed 52.2 percent of his passes. He finished with 2,732 yards passing, 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
On Jan. 3, Rutgers brought in former Pittsburgh assistant Frank Cignetti Jr. to be the Scarlet Knights’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Cignetti is expected to return Rutgers to the run-oriented pro-style approach that produced school-record offensive numbers for Rutgers from 2005-08.
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