Rutgers names Louisville transfer Kyle Bolin its starting QB

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After leaving Louisville, <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/ncaaf/players/227564/" data-ylk="slk:Kyle Bolin">Kyle Bolin</a> has been named the starting quarterback at Rutgers. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
After leaving Louisville, Kyle Bolin has been named the starting quarterback at Rutgers. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

Kyle Bolin will get the chance to start again.

Bolin, a fifth-year senior, was named the starting quarterback at Rutgers by coach Chris Ash on Monday. Bolin, a graduate transfer from Louisville, started part of the 2015 season for the Cardinals before being passed on the depth chart by Lamar Jackson. Jackson, of course, went on to win the Heisman in 2016 and Bolin opted to explore other options after Louisville completed spring practice in April. Less than two weeks later he announced Rutgers would be his transfer destination. 

At Rutgers, Bolin beat out junior Giovanni Rescigno, who started the final five games of the year last season, and touted local recruit Johnathan Lewis.

“We have decided Kyle Bolin will be the starting quarterback for game one,” Ash said per “I am real happy with the leadership Kyle has brought to our football team. He is a really mature individual, has been well trained and well coached in his past. He just has a wealth of experience. We are really excited about what he is going to bring to our offense.”

Bolin started five games for Louisville in 2015 as he battled with Jackson at the top of the team’s depth chart. His final start that season was against rival Kentucky in the regular season finale, but he was benched after throwing two early interceptions, paving the way for a breakout performance from Jackson. In 2014, Bolin came off the bench for an injured Reggie Bonnafon (now a running back for Louisville) and threw for 381 yards and three touchdowns in his first significant action to help Louisville beat UK. A few weeks later, Bolin made his first career start and threw for 300 yards in a Belk Bowl loss to Georgia.

Overall at Louisville, Bolin threw for 2,104 yards, 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while completing 58.3 percent of his passes.

Ash said Rescigno was the clear No. 1 quarterback coming out of spring practice, but an injury to Zach Allen and the dismissal of Tylin Oden prompted Rutgers to search for some help at the position.

For a program in transition like Rutgers, Bolin, who was named a team captain last week, provides a veteran presence to run the offense of new offensive coordinator Jerry Kill, the former head coach at Minnesota. He’ll be the fourth different starting quarterback in four seasons for Rutgers, following Gary Nova, Hayden Rettig and Chris Laviano. Nova was a multi-year starter, but Rettig (Tennessee State) and Laviano (San Diego State) both left the program.

Entering its second season under Ash, Rutgers opens its season against defending Pac-12 champions Washington at home. The Scarlet Knights were 2-10 in 2016 and did not win any conference games.

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