After starting quarterback Artur Sitkowski was sacked at the end of the first half in the 49 point loss to Ohio State on Saturday, the entire Rutgers fan base held their breath over the weekend in regard to the true freshman’s health status going forward. At Monday’s press conference, head coach Chris Ash gave fans a reason to breath a sigh of relief, as it appears a potential disaster has been averted.
Ash says there are no major injuries. Art Sitkowski is day-to-day. My understanding is MRI showed no structural damage. #Rutgers— James Kratch (@JamesKratch) September 10, 2018
James Kratch of NJ Advance Media spread the good news across the Twitterverse.
And he added this note as well.
Ash said he anticipates Sitkowski will play against Kansas. https://t.co/a5mHV0MGhR— James Kratch (@JamesKratch) September 10, 2018
Kratch indicated in this article that how many reps Sitkowski gets in practice this week will determine his role in this game. Ash said in his presser it’s about how much he can throw this week versus actual reps. Hopefully, he is healthy enough to start on Saturday and Ash seemed optimistic he would, saying it is mostly a pain management issue.
Even if he isn’t, it appears any long term issue is no longer a concern. Big picture wise, Sitkowski needs to gain as much experience as possible this season for his own development and long term progress as the starting quarterback for Rutgers.
Rutgers heads to Lawrence, Kansas to play the Big XII’s Jayhawks in what is a must win for Ash and company. If the Scarlet Knights want to show progress this season, beating Kansas is an absolute must. With a three game home stand to follow against Buffalo, Indiana, and Illinois, Rutgers really needs to get back on track in Saturday’s road contest (12 p.m. ET).
Sitkowski is 26 of 48 for 243 passing yards, 1 touchdown and 4 interceptions in two games played so far this season. Gio Rescigno played in relief of Sitkowski in the second half at Ohio State and completed 5 of 12 passes for 27 yards and 1 interception.
Here is a recap of the coaches press conferences for Kansas week, including plenty of discussion on Sitkowski and the current state of the team.