Rutgers Spring Football: Mike Bimonte and Darius Hamilton shine

The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE

Movement in the QB competition and the emergence of Darius Hamilton as a team leader are some of the storylines after Saturday's practice.

Rutgers' first intrasquad scrimmage took place this past weekend, and some important developments took place at key positions, including quarterback. Desmon Peoples took advantage of the injuries at running back, and Darius Hamilton continues his emergence as a leader. Let's take a look at some of the storylines:

Separation at quarterback

The Mike Bimonte train is now boarding. The first intrasquad scrimmage of the spring football season was this past weekend, and the redshirt junior had a great day as he was the only quarterback who led the first team to scoring drives, including a 40-yard touchdown pass to Carlton Agudosi. Bimonte definitely made an impression on the coaching staff, as head coach Kyle Flood came away impressed:

Absolutely. I think you put a lot of stock into it. I think the quarterback who operates and ultimately takes the team down the field and puts it in the end zone, we're always going to take that into consideration. -Keith Sargeant reporting

It's important to note that Gary Nova had a good day throwing the ball as well. Big Ten Network studio analyst Gerry DiNardo took in last Thursday's practice, and it should be noted that he thought Nova and Chris Laviano had a step on the other QBs. Of course, it's hard to put a lot of stock into an analyst who is probably seeing the team play live for the first time, but I don't believe it's a coincidence that Nova and Laviano are grouped with Bimonte as the current leaders in the competition. It's still early, and we may not have a number one starter by the time spring ends, but the position does appear to be making progress.

Darius Hamilton: The Next Great Star

The former five-star recruit has a message for RU fans who are reluctant to jump on the bandwagon:

I just felt like if you're on the fence about us then it's probably best that you just get off because this place is going to go somewhere real special. If you're a part of it, we would love to have you a part of it. But if you're not sure, then it's probably best that you just step away. -Hamilton via Twitter, @RU_Kid_91

Some might think it harsh that Hamilton is basically telling non-die hard fans to screw themselves, but I sure don't. He is a stud player who could have gone anywhere he wanted, and he chose RU to represent his home school. The timing is apt as well, as this coming season will be a true test for Rutgers fans everywhere.

In terms of actual performance, Hamilton is continuing his dominance at the three-tech defensive tackle position. Chris Muller noted Hamilton's technique as a big reason for his success in the trenches, and that he should still be effective against some of the bigger offensive lines in our new conference. I don't think an honorable mention on preseason All-B1G lists is too far off if he continues his growth over the summer.

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