Rutgers Training Camp: Scrimmage Report 1

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- With temperatures as high as 134 degrees on the Rutgers turf, quarterbacks Chris Laviano and Hayden Rettig fired their latest shots in the battle for a starting job.

The Rutgers quarterback battle heats up again after both sophomores played well in the first scrimmage of training camp.

The Headline -- Hayden Rettig closed the gap with another day of split action alongside Chris Laviano. Both quarterbacks got it done statistically. Rettig completed 80 percent of his passes for 118 yards and three touchdowns. Laviano completed 56 percent of his passes for 125 yards and three touchdowns of his own to go along with an interception.

“I’ll have to look at it on film,” Flood said of the quarterbacks. “I don’t want to be premature. I thought both guys had some moments. I want to sit with the offensive staff and watch it on film and make sure the decision process is right.”

Flood has eyes on the same 7-10-day decision timeframe, but said it could change.

“There could always be something,” Flood said. “Once we make the decision, it will be final. So if we’re not ready to make it in seven to 10 days, we won’t make it. We’ll make it when we’re ready.”

Scarlet Report charted the action and has detailed stats inside.

Worth Noting -- With the injury to Chris Muller, Rutgers needed a new second-team center and turned to true freshman Jonah Jackson as the primary backup to starter Derrick Nelson.

Scarlet Report Standout -- Quarterback Hayden Rettig – Rettig played a near-perfect scrimmage from a passing perspective. Though the run game struggled, Rettig threw very well with a mixture of first- and second-team action. With only two incompletions, one was a should-be touchdown drop and the other came late in the day thanks to a good play by cornerback Ruhann Peele.

Quote of the Day -- “Janarion’s a guy that we need to get the ball in his hands at least 10 times a game. He’s very shifty. I call him first down because every time he touches the ball, it’s a guaranteed first down.” – Leonte Carroo on Janarion Grant.

Around the Big Ten -- When Ohio State comes to Rutgers this year, it will be without last season’s offensive coordinator Tom Herman. Scout’s Ohio State affiliate broke down the offensive coordinator change. For more information, click here.


Watch receivers Janarion Grant, Andre Patton and Leonte Carroo break down the scrimmage after they combined for 11 catches, 202 yards and four touchdowns in less than two hours.


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