NJ.com- "Gary's been doing great,'' said Jay Fiedler, an eight-year former NFL quarterback who spent five years as the starter for the Miami Dolphins in the early 2000s. "He's refined his mechanics a little bit, worked on all of his drops. He's a guy who is very adaptable to the pro game. He's worked under center before. He's worked in shot gun. He throws very well on the move. He can do just about everything that any offense is going to ask of him at the next level. I just think he's a guy who can make every throw.
"He's a guy who is going to compete once he gets into camp. Any team that gives him a shot is going to get a really good player, somebody that's going to be able to develop and ultimately become, I think, a good player in the league.''
"He can make every throw in the league,'' Fiedler said of Nova, who ranks first in Rutgers history with 73 touchdowns, second with 9,258 passing yards and second with 689 completions. "He's an accurate thrower. He's got a real quick release. He throws a firm ball, hits all the different types of throws, the underneath throws, the intermediates, the deep throws.
"I think the other strength that he has is his adaptability, his ability to do a lot of different things from under center, move the pocket around, to drop back, to shotgun, to run play-actions, to adjust his tempos on his drop, to adapt to the reads that he's seeing downfield. All of those things are what I feel make for a successful quarterback at the next level.''
Fiedler said he'd be "very surprised'' if Nova doesn't receive a phone call from an NFL representative at some point late in the evening Saturday after the draft.
Many people, Rutgers fans imparticular, may be surprised when they hear the name Gary Nova associated the National Football League. For a guy that struggled for a large majority of his time as a starting quarterback in college football, it may not seem reasonable to expect him to not only correct his flaws as a quarterback, but to turn those negatives into positive aspects of his game. It's no secret that consistency was Nova's achilles heel, and consistency is exactly what he going to need to display to turn his limited reps on an NFL roster into a career. While some may see that as discouraging, it's actually the exact opposite. Gary Nova's flaws have nothing to do with his talent or physical abilities. Based strictly on his athletic ability he should see time in an NFL training camp. He can make all the throws. He's mobile. He's played in a pro system. All of those characteristics speak to his potential, and that's exactly what the NFL draft is. A gamble on potential, especially as you get into the later rounds as well as free agency.
Is he going to get as many chances to prove himself as he got at Rutgers? Hell no. I don't think anyone in the history of sports was given more chances than Gary Nova during his 4 year career as a starting quarterback. Even A-Rod is jealous of the amount of chances Nova was given. Hell, If you could fuck up as much in life as Gary Nova did on a football field without consequence even Jerry Sandusky would be a free man. Our prisons would be empty, and meth would be as prevalent as table salt. Basically the entire world would just look like the current state of Baltimore. However, to say that in-between interceptions, inexplicable forward passes, and unforced fumbles Gary Nova didn't flash pro potential would be a flat out fabrication. For as many mind numbing decisions as he made, he was responsible for just as many inexplicably well placed throws and touchdowns. Just when you were ready to throw in the towel on Nova, he would do something that made you think he finally pulled it together. Of course he would then follow it up with another mistake, but that's besides the point. If Gary can put together a couple of good "what the fuck" moments in a row it would be fantastic to see him continue his career in the NFL. Hell, it will just be nice to be able to root for Gary Nova the individual instead of having my teams performance directly affected by his play. Come On Gary!!!!
P.S. Whoever did the score for this youtube 'highlight' video deserves a fucking Emmy. No song has ever embraced an individuals entire existence like 'Wrecking Ball' does for Gary Nova.