Monday Practice Report: Nova Questionable

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Chris Laviano is one practice in as the starting quarterback, and in preparation to take over for the injured Gary Nova against Wisconsin. Head coach Kyle Flood discussed the latest, including a wrinkle at running back, during his Monday press conference.

The focus for Rutgers centers around the quarterback position this week with starter Gary Nova officially questionable following knee and ankle injuries against Nebraska. Head coach Kyle Flood broke down the latest in his Monday press conference.

The Headline -- Red-shirt freshman quarterback Chris Laviano ran the show Sunday and will start Saturday against Wisconsin unless Nova shows dramatic improvement. Nova went down approaching halftime against Nebraska, and is on crutches.

Laviano replaced Nova Sunday, and will be prepared for his role against Wisconsin, Flood said.

“I think what we saw last week was that Chris will be prepared,” Flood said. “I don't have any doubt in my mind that he'll be prepared to play if called upon. And then when you go out there, you've got to protect the football. That's the first thing you have to do. You've got to manage the offense, and then you've got to be a great decision maker. I thought he had a good start and some valuable experience last week doing that.”

Worth Noting -- Freshman Robert Martin is now a co-starter at running back. Martin showed a tackle-breaking ability in his true debut against Nebraska, and comes off his first career rushing touchdown.

Quote of the Day -- “If my number is called, I’ll be ready. It’s as simple as that and I’m comfortable with what I need to do.” – Laviano.

On the Other Side -- It was a 52-7 beat-down by the Badgers in beating Maryland. Heating up off of a bye week and win over the Terps, The Badgers head to Piscataway with momentum.

You can read more about it over here.

Now sit back and take in Flood’s press conference.

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