True freshman Artur Sitkowski has been named starting quarterback at Rutgers for the Scarlet Knights’ opener against Texas State on Sept. 1, coach Chris Ash announced on Friday.
Sitkowski beat out incumbent Gio Rescigno and Johnathan Lewis in camp to become the first freshman quarterback to start a season opener for Rutgers since Ryan Cubit in 2001.
The Scarlet Knights have not started a freshman quarterback in any game since Gary Nova in 2011.
The 6-5, 224-pound Sitkowski was an ESPN 300 prospect in the 2018 recruiting class, rated as the No. 17 pocket passer in the nation. He played three years at Old Bridge (N.J.) High School before transferring as a senior to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Sitkowski led IMG to a 9-0 record, completing completed 107 of 213 passes for 1,190 yards and five touchdowns, in addition to rushing for 254 yards and nine scores.
After enrolling at Rutgers in January, Sitkowski passed for 280 yards and three touchdowns while throwing only 11 passes in the Scarlet Knights’ spring game.
Sitkowski became the second freshman quarterback from IMG Academy to be named a starting quarterback in the Big Ten Conference this week, as Minnesota decided to go with walk-on Zack Annexstad.