Rutgers Training Camp Report: Practice 10

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Through 10 days of training camp, Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood does not have a final decision on his starting quarterback in the battle between Chris Laviano and Hayden Rettig.

The Headline -- The Rutgers quarterback battle officially reached overtime this afternoon when coach Kyle Flood did not name a starter. Flood projected a seven-to-10-day timeframe into training camp, and after 10 days, the battle remains open.

“I know everybody is anxiously waiting,” Flood said. “I understand that. Ultimately when we do it, we want it to be final. When the decision is ready to be made, we’ll make it.”

Chris Laviano entered training camp ahead, but Hayden Rettig closed the gap with a better scrimmage performance. Improvements from Rettig earned him more work because of it in a race that is too close to call after 10 days.

“I like the way they’re controlling the huddle,” Flood said. “We’re challenging them. We are really pressing the installs. What we do on defense is challenging for a young quarterback.”

Worth Noting -- Despite a deep roster of linemen, Flood said the defensive line rotation could be as few as six bodies.

“You would love to rotate eight and be able to send them in waves to keep them all fresh,” Flood said. “It will be somewhere between six and eight. I don’t know if it will be exactly eight.”

Scarlet Report Standout -- Sophomore tight end Charles Scarff – The walk-on became a play-maker during 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 action in Thursday’s unpadded practice. Scarff jumps up to the second-team tight end with Nick Arcidiacono on the injury report. The 6-foot-6, 240-pounder will see a bigger role on Saturdays as a sophomore.”

Quote of the Day --“I ordered the [Macho Man Randy Savage] glasses and I used to have a Hulkamania t-shirt but it got too small. You’ll see some throughout the year after games. I’ll have some props. You’ll see.” – Chris Muller on his professional wrestling gear.

Around the Big Ten-- Rutgers and specifically Giovanni Rescigno are familiar with Michigan quarterback Shane Morris, and our Michigan site looks at the adjustment to the Jim Harbaugh system. For more information, click here.


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