Connect with us


Flood Names Starting QB, Injury Report Update

Head coach Kyle Flood named Chris Laviano the starting quarterback for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights Monday afternoon during his press conference.

“Chris Laviano is our starting quarterback,” Flood said. “…I don’t want any player in our program looking over their shoulder worried that they would be pulled out of a game because they made a mistake. Right now Chris is the starting quarterback.”

Rutgers quarterback Chris Laviano - Juan Martinez, Double G Sports

Rutgers quarterback Chris Laviano – Juan Martinez, Double G Sports

After the convincing 63-13 win over Norfolk State, Flood didn’t rule out playing two quarterbacks going forward, but that seemed to change in a heartbeat.

The redshirt sophomore Laviano was suspended for the first half due to a missed curfew, and classmate Hayden Rettig got the start. Rettig performed well, going for 9-11 passing with 110 yards scoring two touchdowns, one each in the air and on the ground. But, Laviano entered in the third quarter and had an immediate impact going 4-4 for 138 yards and three touchdowns to senior wide receiver Leonte Carroo.

We’ll see if Flood continues to play the first quarterback he recruited as he makes his first career start Saturday as Rutgers (1-0) takes on Washington State (0-1) at 3:30 p.m. on ESPNU. If Laviano is having a horrible game, or stretch of games, it sounds like Flood will stick with his guy. This is evident from former quarterback Gary Nova’s six interception game against Kent State in 2012, and his five interceptions last year against Penn State. It could cause trouble if that case ever comes up as Rettig has made strides and certainly is no slouch of a talent.

However, for the foreseeable future, Laviano will be the signal caller for the Scarlet Knights and his “body of work” from being the team’s backup last season, to strong performances during spring practice and training camp, and a solid outing this past weekend earned him the honor. In the five scrimmages since spring practice, Laviano has gone 49-for-72 for 914 yards and 10 touchdowns with only one interception.

Rutgers quarterback Hayden Rettig/ Photo - Juan Martinez, Double G Sports

Rutgers quarterback Hayden Rettig/ Photo – Juan Martinez, Double G Sports

Flood said Rettig, an LSU transfer was disappointed, but knows he’ll be ready. All in all, the decision could have gone either way as many fans were rooting for each quarterback, but cited that Rettig should start based on Laviano’s mishap of the missed curfew and use of a fake ID. You can’t argue with the numbers, though.

In other news, an updated injury report still has Darius Hamilton missing the game against the Cougars after he sat out against Norfolk. Flood recently said he is “week-to-week”.

Safety Kiy Hester, who was out last game, was upgraded to questionable. Hester although inexperienced as a redshirt freshman with no playing time, can provide depth to a secondary that will be tested against a pass-heavy attack in week two.

Starting defensive end Djwany Mera is listed as questionable and could be a big loss as he is cited with a lower body injury.

Full injury report:

RB Paul James (Lower body): Probable

CB Ronnie James (Lower body): Probable

DE Kemoko Turay (Upper body): Probable

SS Kiy Hester (Lower body): Questionable

DE Djwany Mera (Lower body): Questionable

WR John Tsimis (Lower body): Doubtful

DB Brian Verbitski (Lower body): Doubtful

CB Talib Abdur-Ra’oof (Lower body): Out

TE George Behr (Lower body): Out

P Tim Gleeson (Lower body): Out

DT Darius Hamilton (Lower body): Out

WR Jawuan Harris (Lower body): Out

WR Dontae Owens (Lower body): Out

RB Desmon Peoples (Upper body): Out

LB Nick Rafferty (Upper body): Out

LB Austin Rosa (Lower body): Out

RB Charles Snorweah (Upper body): Out

OL Jacquis Webb (Lower body): Out

LB T.J. Taylor (Knee): Out for season

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

More in College