Wednesday Rutgers Report: QB Development

PISCATAWAY N.J. -- The focus remains on a struggling offense and young defensive secondary while Rutgers prepares for Nebraska. Head coach Kyle Flood met the media Wednesday to discuss the latest.

The Headline – Rutgers coach Kyle Flood discussed the pro-style offense’s role in his quarterback decisions, where young players have a lot of pre-snap responsibilities.

Sophomore Chris Laviano remains the starter over Hayden Rettig, and leads the Scarlet Knights into Saturday’s clash with Nebraska.

“Most young quarterbacks, it’s much more about everything that happens before the snap than what happens after the snap,” Flood said. “Certainly, all quarterbacks in all systems have to read coverages, but this system in a pro-style system, there’s a lot of responsibility on the quarterback to make sure everybody’s on the same page before the ball gets snapped.”

Flood said he left Laviano in longer against Michigan because of the experience against a top-five defense.

“Now as we go forward, every time you’ve seen those things in a game, the next time you see it, it’s not quite as fast,” Flood said. “The game slows down a little bit for you. For him, it’s just important to come back and start the preparation over again. It’s a new week. Process the corrections we made last week.”

Worth Noting – Kicker Kyle Federico replaced Chris Gough last week on kickoffs as a specific strategy for the Michigan Week. The Nebraska week will be a different game plan, Flood said.

Quote of the Day – “I pay attention. I think it’s awesome. We see them in the Hale Center all of the time. I stopped over at the selection show. In FCS football, they have a selection show very similar to what men’s and women’s soccer, I believe, has. It was kind of neat. I have a lot of memories of those shows and waiting to see where you are, what the bracket looks like, home-field advantage, things like that. I’m really excited for coach [Mike] O’Neill and his program and Dan [Donigan] got a nice run going too.” Flood on Rutgers soccer successes.


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