Q&A with QB Chris Laviano

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Chris Laviano is the youngest of three Rutgers quarterbacks battling for the starting job in an open competition. Laviano spoke with ScarletReport.com this week to preview his second spring game, and the developments made over the first 14 practices of spring.

ScarletReport.com -- How much are you looking forward to the spring game?

Chris Laviano -- A lot. It's been a long time since I've been out there in front of fans.

SR.com -- Will it be different this spring than when you did this game as a true freshman?

CL -- 100 percent different. Last year I played a little, got a few reps. Now I definitely know everything as far as what I'm supposed to do. I'm not going to do everything right, but as far as knowing what to do every play and every situation, I have it down now. I couldn't have said that last year. That would have been lying."

SR.com -- How much would you say the game is slowing down for you then?

CL -- It's a tremendous amount. I don't know how to describe it, but I'm able to play football like routes on air. It's not the same kind, but it slows down so you can play the way you want to play. Nobody dictates the way you play anymore. You have the answers you need.

SR.com -- Is it more about you needing to put in hard work or about your new coaches?

CL -- It's kind of the same. I meet with the coaches all the time outside of what we have set up. I meet with them on my own. I talk with the coaches probably every day because I know they're great resources.

SR.com -- Ralph Friedgen is well-known as an offensive mind and Mike Teel is one of the few guys to do it at Rutgers in a big way. How much do you look to them?

CL -- Coach Friedgen is there for me every day, and I talk to coach Teel almost every single day. I talk to coach [Anthony Campanile] as a teacher as well. I think Mike Teel probably helps me out the most outside of the regular meetings I have with Friedgen.

SR.com -- Why Teel?

CL -- It's just such a unique situations. He knows stuff 1-on-1 that I can relate to. He knows about being a backup and coming up in the ranks. He gives me mental tips. He knows the game and knows the playbook. Obviously he's one of the best ever here. I'd be stupid not to use him and his experiences to learn from.

SR.com -- What are you expecting out of yourself in the spring game?

CL -- I expect a great day, obviously. Everybody wants to have a great day. As long as I know my stuff, I should be fine. As far as performance, that's what we all live for. We should all be ready to play this year.

SR.com -- Do you know how the rosters are being broken up? Do you know who you'll be throwing to? CL -- Oh, I have no idea yet. The coaches are going to make the best out of it, and whatever guys I'm with, I'm excited about it.

SR.com -- Is it important to show the coaches something in the game? Does it matter more than a normal practice?

CL -- It's way more important. You have to show them that you're able to apply all of the stuff you've learned into a game-like situation. The only thing that matters is the game. If you practice well and can't do it in a game, that doesn't mean much. You have to keep working. If I'm able to show that I've picked all of this stuff up well enough that it transfers to a game-like situation, that's huge going into camp. Going into camp with some success is probably the biggest goal of the spring.


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