Flood Targets Monday for QB Decision

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers coach Kyle Flood has a new decision timeframe at quarterback after he reviewed the film of sophomores Hayden Rettig and Chris Laviano in a 63-13 win over Norfolk State.

When Rutgers coach Kyle Flood takes the podium at 2 p.m. on Labor Day, it will likely be with an announcement on his new starting quarterback.

Flood worked in both Chris Laviano and Hayden Rettig for successful showings against Norfolk State, and wants them to have as much time as possible to prepare for Washington State.

“We’re continuing to meet through the day here,” Flood said. “We don’t get back with the players until tomorrow. I’ll have an opportunity to talk to those guys and I think we’ll probably make a decision by tomorrow morning.”

Rettig started the game, where he completed 9-of-11 passes, threw for a touchdown and ran for a touchdown. Laviano got the first series after his halftime return for suspension. He completed all four passes, including three touchdowns to Leonte Carroo.

Laviano, unlike Rettig, got the chance to work with Carroo in the game but that will not be a major factor in Flood’s quarterback decision.

“I think we’ve got talented receivers,” Flood said. “The decision is not going to be based on one or two plays.”

Both quarterbacks may play again when Washington State visits Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights carved up the Wazzu defense last season in Seattle including 151 yards for Carroo and 173 for Paul James at running back.

Whomever wins, Flood wants him to have a full week of practice.

“It gives us the opportunity to get ready for the game,” Flood said on an early decision. “By no means is it a situation where we’re only going to think that one guy is going to play. We may have a situation where both guys are going to play but I do want to establish the starter early in the week so we can put that to bed and get going on Washington State.”

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