Quarterback Chris Laviano makes his 12th Rutgers start tomorrow against Maryland and he expects a big offseason payoff from his 2015 experiences. Coach Kyle Flood stuck with Laviano through struggles in multiple games. The first-time starter feels better because of it.
"I've learned a lot," Laviano said after the final practice availability of the regular season. "Obviously, I learned how to prepare and I learned what game situations are like. ... I've dealt with a lot of stuff that I never had to, and I've definitely matured a lot since the beginning of the season."
Laviano learned leadership responsibilities in his first year as a starter. After a rocky start and one-half suspension in the season opener, Laviano stepped up his leadership within the huddle.
"I feel like I've always posess that trait, but it's gotten stronger," Laviano said. "My confidence has gotten better week-to-week as I started to learn more and started to be more confident in my own job."
Offensive coordiantor Ben McDaniels moved into the quarterback room and offensive coordiantor chair this offseason. It was the third coordinator for Laviano is as many years at Rutgers and fourth if it includes Laviano's camp experiences out of Hicksville (N,Y.) Holy Trinity.
Laviano, like many offensive players, hopes the coordinator revolving door dies this offseason.
"He taught me a lot," Laviano said. "[McDaniels taught me] how to approach weeks as a starter and just to be a starter every single day on and off the field and especially how to prepare."