Barely two weeks after Noah Vedral left Nebraska, the quarterback has found a new home. The signal-caller announced he is headed to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights through his Twitter account. The move sets up a potential regular-season showdown with his former school this season.
In his announcement tweet, Vedral thanked Nebraska coaches for getting him to his current position in his life. When everything is official and the quarterback enrolls at Rutgers, it will be the third FBS school he's played for in four seasons. Vedral transferred to the Huskers after one season at UCF under the Knights' then-head coach, Scott Frost. When Frost was hired by the Cornhuskers and moved to Lincoln, Vedral followed suit.
The quarterback served as the main backup to starter Adrian Martinez during his time in Lincoln. Vedral saw his most extensive action at Nebraska in the 2019 season, when he completed 34 of 52 passes for 418 yards. He also ran the ball 30 times for 106 yards and three touchdowns. The Nebraska native reportedly saw he was unlikely to be the first choice at quarterback for the upcoming campaign and decided to try earning a starting spot for a new program in 2020.
Because Vedral is a graduate transfer he won't have to sit out a season, as is required for undergraduates. The Cornhuskers and Scarlet Knights will face off on October 24, assuming the college football schedule remains unchanged. However, the chances the NCAA season is played as scheduled isn't a sure thing. The state of California announced earlier this week that no students will be allowed on campuses this fall, putting the Pac 12 and Mountain West conference seasons very much in doubt.Nebraska head coach Scott Frost has previously spoken about his hopes that a season of some sort can be played this year. Frost acknowledged that he is not against a later start or a modified schedule.
Should Vedral and Rutgers get to play this year, Sam McKewon of the Omaha World-Herald wrote that he believed the Nebraska transfer has a good chance of winning the starting job. The Scarlet Knights return both of last season's quarterbacks, but McKewon believed Vedral is better than either of the players in aggregate.
Vedral reportedly chose Rutgers over schools around the country that include Northern Illinois, Utah State, and Boise State. In addition to a new quarterback, the Scarlet Knights are welcoming a not-so-unfamiliar new head coach. Greg Schiano was hired over the winter for a second stint with the program. Schiano's first stay at the New Jersey-based school brought the program its most successful era in decades.