Rutgers Quarterback Chris Laviano Gains Experience Through On-Field Struggles vs. Top Teams

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers quarterback Chris Laviano remains the starter, and discussed the value in learning from experience against top defenses. Laviano reacts to the snapping problems, and the significance of Saturday's game against Nebraska.

Rutgers sophomore Chris Laviano took the quarterback’s route regarding snap problems, and blamed himself. Laviano then, however, added a twist in reference to confidence.

Laviano and center Derrick Nelson botched another snap against Michigan, but it may not be as simple as communication.

“It’s on me,” Laviano said. “I am the quarterback. I am responsible for those kind of things. I think a lot of times that happens when guys are not confident or not confident in the call or whatever. We’ll straighten that out. It’s been frustrating but we’re just going to have to learn from it at this point and make sure it doesn’t happen.”

Laviano struggled against Michigan – he completed 11 of 26 passes – but he cited the extra experience as valuable. Coach Kyle Flood left Laviano in late into the game for experience reasons against a top defense.

Flood eventually turned to Hayden Rettig, but not before Laviano received a full game’s worth of reps.

“I like the fact that I was left in the game,” Laviano said. “I love to play. I wouldn’t want to come out ever, but the more snaps you take, the more learning experiences you have. I’m glad that we were able to move the ball a little bit. That will give us a little bit of confidence.”

Laviano acknowledged the stakes with a  3-6 record and only three games left to play, but wants the focus solely on Nebraska.

“Any time you’re a quarterback and you have to enter a game in an upcoming week, [bowl eligibility] is too much to even think about,” Laviano said. “Right now we’re focusing on the task this week. That’s to have a great week of practice and to be 1-0 on Saturday.

“ … Each week, we have another game. It’s important to us to get another week of practice in and just focus on that game that week and not really think about anything else.”

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