Tuesday Practice Report: Latest at QB

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers moves into Wednesday with Gary Nova still down at quarterback. Chris Laviano handled the load with the first team, and coach Kyle Flood reviewed the latest after practice.

Red-shirt freshman quarterback Chris Laviano continues preparations as the starter with Gary Nova (knee) out.

The Headline -- Nova attended Tuesday’s practice. He threw passes, but did not participate in team drills, said coach Kyle Flood.

The job fell onto red-shirt freshman quarterback Chris Laviano, who finished the Nebraska game and led the team in rushing.

“I think it’s good [Nova] was out here today,” Flood said. “Any time the player can come out and move it around a little bit, that’s always positive. The ultimate goal is Saturday, so it’s not enough time just yet.”

Laviano continues to prepare as the starter.

“I think he was good,” Flood said. “I think he was really good. I think he made good decisions. I liked how he got in and out of the huddle, and today will be the hardest day to do that.”

Worth Noting -- Receiver Janarion Grant had a tough month between drops and a first-half suspension against Nebraska. He moved on, and is focused on Wisconsin, Flood said.

“I think he’s looked good,” Flood said. “I think he’s looked good. We’ve moved beyond that. The issues have been dealt with. It’s a new week, and I think we’ve turned the page on that. I think he’s looked good in practice so far – Sunday through Tuesday.”

Quote of the Day -- “I don’t think you can completely disregard the starting quarterback, although practice is for the starting quarterback. I think, in football, everybody understands that. You have to do everything you do in practice for that guy because he has the biggest burden on his shoulders.”

On the Other Side -- Kickoff Saturday marks the first battle between the storied Wisconsin and Rutgers football programs. Combining for 271 years of football, The Scarlet Knights and Badgers meet for the first time in a Big Ten battle. Badger coach Gary Andersen offered his initial thoughts on the game during his Monday press conference.

You can read more about it over here.

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

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