Rutgers QB Chris Laviano expresses enthusiasm for next opportunity

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Chris Laviano will be without his top offensive weapon against Penn State, but he spoke about the confidence in the rest of the skill players for his first career road start.

Rutgers quarterback Chris Laviano may not show it in his delivery, but the sophomore is excited for his first career road start. Laviano downplayed the absense of Leonte Carroo witha vote of confidence for the rest of his wide receivers.

"Whoever fills that position, they're going to prepare the way the coaches expect them to prepare," said Laviano, whose first three career touchdown passes went to Carroo. "We have a lot of skill at the receiver position and at the skill position and every position for that matter. I think we're going to be fine."

Laviano spoke like a quarterback when he expressed the significance of the Penn State matchup without any bulletin board material.

"It's important for our season," Laviano said. "It's important for our league. It's important for our team."

The practice visit today from athletic director Julie Hermann stood out to Laviano and the rest of the roster.

"It was good to see her out at practice," Laviano said. "She showed a lot of support for coach Flood and our team, so that was good to hear."


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