Jerry Kill took over as Rutgers offensive coordinator in December, and his former quarterback has a unique description of the scheme he’s bringing to Piscataway, N.J.
Wisconsin and TCU rarely come up in the same conversation when anyone’s talking about college football, but they were both part of Kill’s pitch when he recruited QB Philip Nelson to Minnesota in the class of 2012.
“I remember when I was getting recruited they described it to me as Wisconsin and TCU mixed on drugs,” Nelson told NJ Advance Media’s Ryan Dunleavy. “That’s kind of where it’s a fun offense. One play you can be four-wide, spread ’em out — inside zone (run) as a quarterback or going deep (pass). The next play you could be in three tight ends and a fullback and that whole offense.”
Nelson went on to start as a true sophomore for Kill’s Golden Gophers, but transferred to East Carolina after the 2013 season.
Rutgers might need lots of variety if it wants any hope of succeeding in the Big Ten next season. The Scarlet Knights ranked last out of all 128 FBS teams with 5 yards per pass attempt in 2016.