Let’s take a deeper look at both.
Laviano has a few advantages including on-field experience, two more years in the program and more mobility. By no means is Laviano a mobile quarterback, but he has more escape routes in the pocket.
Rettig has a big arm and competition is nothing new to the LSU transfer. The question comes in Rettig’s acclimation to the program. How much has he transformed his game and how quickly has he adjusted to the Rutgers playbook and system? With fewer spring opportunities than Laviano with the ones, Rettig needs to show something fast if he wants his name called in the opener.
Storyline Central -- A good quarterback competition dominates in the news. Expect all eyes and plenty of questions to fall upon the two sophomore quarterbacks. Gary Nova took more than his fair share of criticism, but the lack of a defined starter after one of the best statistical quarterbacks in school history presents a challenge for new coordinator Ben McDaniels.
Prospect Development -- With only four scholarship quarterbacks, youngsters Giovanni Rescigno and Michael Dare get plenty of reps in training camp. With Rescigno as the mobile weapon and Dare as a powerful pocket passer, Rutgers gets a good scout-team look at every opponent on its schedule. Could either one step up as the starter? That is doubtful. Rescigno’s arm is significantly improved from when he enrolled one year ago, but he is not at Laviano’s or Rettig’s level yet. The college system will be eye-opening for Dare. Though he prepares as a starter in summer workouts, it is a longshot.
Preseason Grade -- C – When you have two quarterbacks, you really have none. If neither Laviano nor Rettig steps up in the first week of training camp, the chemistry and reps required for a Big Ten quarterback may not be there. Right now, both could be starters this season, but the best-case scenario is that one of two inexperienced quarterbacks finally answers the call.