Rutgers Training Camp Report: Practice 5

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The first padded practice for Rutgers was also the hottest so far of training camp. Head coach Kyle Flood spoke after practice with more details on the quarterback battle.

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood addressed the media for the final time before Saturday’s open fan practice.

The Headline -- The first padded practice gave both quarterback contenders their biggest chance to impress. Both Chris Laviano and Hayden Rettig remain competitive with no change in plans for a decision within the first two weeks of camp.

“I said seven to 10 days. I want to try to stick to that if we can,” Flood said. “Ultimately, I’ll make the final decision and once I make it, it’s going to be final.”

Rutgers installed parts of its red zone game plan today, but has plenty more to factor in before Flood picks his quarterback.

“The quarterbacks aren’t live, but I think the pass rush is a little bit more ferocious [in pads],” Flood said. “What’s going on in front of you is more active when you’re live in full pads. I think that always helps. The last part for them other than handling the situations will be moving the ball and playing drives.”

Worth Noting -- Sophomore Dorian Miller put together his second straight strong practice, and received praise yet again from Flood. Miller’s versatility and experience over other options puts him in good position to start.

“My expectations were high coming into training camp for him,” Flood said. “He’s somebody we’ve invested a lot of work in the last couple of years. We thought very highly of him when we recruited him.”

Scarlet Report Standout -- Middle linebacker Kaiwan Lewis – No full pads didn’t stop Lewis from a stellar day on the field. Lewis flew all over the field during his two live opportunities. By the first scrimmage, middle linebacker could be the most competitive battle on the field.

Quote of the Day -- “I always wanted to play d-end when I first got here. I felt like I could have played a little bit of rush last year at 225 or 230, but they needed me at linebacker. Now I’m in my comfortable position.” – Sophomore Myles Nash on position change.

Around the Big Ten -- The revolutionary Scout Spotlight series is back for another year, and fans can learn more about Ohio State commit Kareem Walker, who remains a target for Rutgers. Don’t worry, plenty of Rutgers spotlights are on the way. For more information, click here.

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