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Former Rutgers QB Gary Nova among Giants rookie mini-camp tryouts

Posted May 8, 2015

Former Rutgers QB Gary Nova is among the players trying out for the Giants roster at Rookie Mini-Camp


In addition to the Giants’ new draft class and six rookie free agents signed on Thursday, roughly 60 invited tryout players reported to the Quest Diagnostics Training Center for the start of rookie mini-camp.

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For the next three days, they will each receive a number and a locker.

What comes after is to be determined.  

The group of NFL hopefuls range from former local high school stars to multi-year starters at power conferences. In some circumstances, they’re both.

Such is the case with former Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova.

A New Jersey native from Elmwood Park, Nova, 6-2, 220, finished his Rutgers career ranked first in school history in touchdowns (73), second in passing yards (9,258) and second in completions (689). With 41 starts in 46 games, he tallied seven fourth-quarter or overtime comebacks as a Scarlet Knight.

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Prior to college, Nova was a two-year starting quarterback for head coach Greg Toal at Don Bosco Prep, where he owned a perfect 24-0 record for the Ironmen and led his team to two state titles. He threw just six interceptions over his two seasons as a starter.

Here are other notable prospects to keep an eye on as the Giants hold practices Friday and Saturday:

DB Qua Cox, 6-0, 185, Jackson State

Cox played in three preseason games with the Colts last year and recorded four tackles, including one against the Giants in their meeting on Aug. 16. He trains with his older brother, James Patrick, who played in the NFL with the Buccaneers and Patriots.

DT Donte Rumph, 6-3, 320, Kentucky

Pronounced "rump" with a silent "h" in his last name, Rumph spent training camp with the Falcons last year and played in all four preseason games before being waived prior to the regular season. His uncle, Chris Rumph, is the defensive line coach for Florida and has also been an assistant at Texas, Alabama, Clemson, and Memphis. Donte's brother, Tremaine Tyler, played football at South Carolina, and his cousin, Phillip Merling, is a former Clemson star who played in the NFL for the Dolphins, Packers, and Redskins.

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DL Daryl Waud, 6-5, 270, Western Ontario

A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Waud is a top prospect in the upcoming Canadian Football League Draft and one of NFL.com’s top undrafted free agents following the NFL Draft. If signed, he could become the second Mustang to make it to the NFL since defensive lineman Vaughn Martin was drafted in the fourth round by the Chargers in 2009. A three-time OUA all-star and two-time CIS all-Canadian, Waud anchored Western’s defensive line over the last four seasons and recorded 81 total tackles (55 solo), seven sacks, and two interceptions. Early in the offseason, the Giants added Brett Jones from the CFL, where he played two seasons for the reigning Grey Cup champion Calgary Stampeders and was named the CFL's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 2014.

WR Andrew Robustelli, 6-2, 209, Jacksonville

There is a familiar name donning the back of a Giants jersey. Wide receiver Andrew Robustelli is the grandson of Andy Robustelli, the late and great Hall of Fame defensive end who played with the Giants from 1956-1964. The younger Robustelli, 6-2, 209, played at Jacksonville University, where he was named first-team All-Pioneer Football League.
GIANT ROOKIE MINI-CAMP TRYOUT FULL LIST:

NO LAST FIRST POS HT WT AGE EXP COLLEGE
15 Ackie Chris S 6-3 216 23 R Wilfred Laurier
17 Anthony Marc CB 5-11 204 25 1 California
61 Archambault Byron LB 5-11 241 24 R Montreal
89 Bars Brad DE 6-3 262 25 R Penn State
3 Belsterling Taylor WR 6-5 205 24 R Huntingdon College
36 Cade Anthony RB 5-11 205 24 R Lindenwood
9 Campbell Tevaughn CB 5-11 189 24 R Regina
55 Chungh Sukh G 6-1 298 24 1 Calgary
39 Conway C.J. S 6-0 206 28 R Montclair State
25 Cowan Bobby P 6-4 233 25 1 Idaho
12 Cox Qua CB 5-9 177 24 1 Jackson State
26 Creear Willie CB 5-8 190 24 R Eastern Michigan
22 Durant Lemar WR 6-1 226 22 R Simon Fraser
6 Edwards Ben WR 5-10 197 23 R Richmond
2 Finnie Thomas CB 5-9 183 23 R Bethune Cookman
62 Golson Brandon LB 6-1 218 24 R West Virginia
19 Graham Taylor QB 6-4 237 24 R Hawaii
57 Groulx Danny T 6-6 325 24 R Laval
33 Harper Kenneth RB 5-10 233 22 R Temple
19 Hollins Tyree CB 5-9 183 23 R Grambling
87 Ingram Luke LS 6-5 267 24 1 Hawaii
5 Johnson Derrick WR 5-10 187 23 R Maine
69 Johnson Takari LB 6-0 245 23 R Concordia
47 Jones Justin TE 6-7 282 23 R East Carolina
64 Knight Rakeem DT 6-1 340 22 R Bethune Cookman
46 Marfisi Matt TE 6-5 262 23 R Tulane
53 McEwen Sean C 6-2 299 21 R Calgary
79 Murphy Kevin T 6-7 293 25 1 Harvard
15 Nova Gary QB 6-1 232 22 R Rutgers
60 Omara Ron LB 6-1 248 24 R St. Francis Xavier
31 Perkins Chris WR 6-4 214 23 R Middle Tenn. State
8 Richards Addison WR 6-4 214 21 R Regina
2 Robustelli Andrew WR 6-2 209 22 R Jacksonville
58 Rodriguez Mario G 6-2 288 21 R Western Michigan
72 Ruby Jacob T 6-6 310 23 R Richmond
73 Rumph Donte DT 6-2 299 25 R Kentucky
63 Taylor Carlif DT 6-2 319 23 R So. Connecticut St.
8 Thomas Pete QB 6-5 236 23 R Louisiana Monroe
48 Tye Will TE 6-2 262 23 R Stony Brook
86 Uzo-Diribe Chidera DE 6-2 258 22 1 Colorado
66 Washington Richard T 6-6 360 23 R Morehouse
75 Waud Daryl DT 6-4 285 21 R Western Ontario
43 Whatley Reggie RB 5-6 178 24 R Middle Tennessee St.
18 Williams Ian CB 5-11 184 22 R Fordham