Top Rutgers WR Carroo Weighs in on QB Battle

Unlike his coaches, Leonte Carroo witnessed the summer progress of his quarterbacks first hand. Carroo spoke 1-on-1 with Scout at Big Ten Media Day about both candidates' summer performance and what he sees in them compared to Gary Nova.

Leonte Carroo could have jumped ship and followed longtime friend Gary Nova to the next level. With significant uncertainty at quarterback, Carroo could have left after three stellar seasons at Rutgers.

Competitors Chris Laviano and Hayden Rettig may be unproven outside of the locker room, but Carroo saw enough to be a believer.

“They both can compete in the Big Ten,” Carroo said. “That’s what I’ve seen. They both have tremendous confidence. They’re both competitors. They want to win. Chris Laviano and Hayden Rettig both love the game of football. That’s what I love best about them.”

Carroo echoed head coach Kyle Flood’s sentiments about leadership and the quarterback position.

“We’ve got two guys that can throw the ball really well but we’re looking for the guy to win the locker room,” Carroo said. “Both of those guys, vocally, have been doing a great job all of spring ball, all summer. But now it’s training camp. Now we’re getting closer to the season. We’ve got to narrow down the competition.”

Unlike the coaching staff, Carroo sees the progress daily in on-field workouts and 7-on-7s. The Rutgers coaches can only work with players in meetings and film sessions. The football portion has to wait until training camp next week.

“ Every chance they get, they’re nagging at me,” Carroo said. “I could be tired from conditioning and they’re like ‘let’s go throw. Let’s go throw.’ They just want to win. I know they’re going to lead us. I’m just looking forward to training camp and watching the competition battle come to an end because it has to come to an end soon. Somebody has to win the job. I’m excited to see which quarterback is going to take over.”

Workouts often become a tug-of-war over the top Rutgers receiver. One of the top returning players in the Big Ten east, Carroo’s services are in high-demand for both quarterbacks.

“Both guys are tremendous at having confidence,” he said. “They’re not afraid to shy away or say anything to anybody. I returned for my senior year. You would think that both guys … probably wouldn’t say anything to me, but those guys are always on me.”

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