Rutgers QB Chris Laviano Faces New Level of Road Test

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers coach Kyle Flood spoke about his starting quarterback's inexperience on the road with a significant challenge ahead Saturday night in Happy Valley.

Rutgers already trailed by 14 points when then-redshirt freshman Chris Laviano took the field in front of 87,000 Nebraska fans. The experience proved valuable for the Scarlet Knights’ starter as he prepares for his first road start.

But the Nebraska game, already a likely loss when he took the field, pales in comparison to what Laviano faces Saturday. On the road at Beaver Stadium, the fan environment kicks it up a notch as they say in Cajun chef country.

“The more preparation in life you get, the better off you are,” said coach Kyle Flood on his Tuesday Big Ten conference call. “There’s no doubt. I think you would prefer more than what he just had then, but there’s no doubt what you’re referencing is correct. The fact that he’s been out there in a hostile environment on the road and have to perform, he’ll be able to draw on those experiences this week, absolutely.”

Rutgers (1-1) plays its first conference game of 2015 in a venue known for energetic night games. Flood is 9-8 on the road in his career.

“I like it, I really do,” Flood said when asked about early conference games. “I like having a conference game this early. There’s no doubt it focuses you. The team is excited about it. This one happens to be on the road. It’s a great environment for college football out there in Happy Valley, so we’re excited about doing that and getting the conference schedule going.”

That Team from Pennsylvania?

It’s that time of year again. Flood received a question about his tendency to reference “that team from Pennsylvania” when discussing Penn State. He said PSU multiple times on the teleconference but never the full name of the program.

“I think I usually say ‘PSU’ but I’m not opposed to saying it,” Flood said. “I think the media probably has more fun with it than I intended, but that’s OK.”

Carroo Status Unchanged

Scout reported yesterday that the arrest and charges against Leonte Carroo did not change his status with the team. Flood reiterated that comment when asked on the Big Ten call.

“No, no status change as of right now,” Flood said. “… I’m not at liberty to comment on the investigation but there’s no status change with Leonte right now.”

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