Thursday Practice Report: First Scrimmage Looms for Chris Ash

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers coach Chris Ash spoke with the media after Thursday's practice in a formal press conference setting. Ash discussing details on the open left tackle spot, Jawuan Harris' two-sport career, Temple and more.

The Headline – The first of three spring scrimmages takes place Saturday morning in a closed setting, and two positions to watch will be at quarterback and left tackle.

Quarterback remains a three-person race between Chris Laviano, Hayden Rettig and Giovanni Rescigno.

“It’s still a competition,” said coach Chris Ash. “Every single day they’re getting evaluated. Each guy is showing their strengths and weaknesses as we continue to go forward. I think all of them have a good command of the offense, a good idea of what the expectations are on each play.”

Left tackle includes a surge in playing time for sophomore Tariq Cole, who moved from guard in the offseason.

“Left tackle is a very important position on the offensive line to be able to protect the quarterback,” Ash said. “We wanted a guy that’s got some athletic ability. Based on what we had seen in offseason workouts, he showed the ability to move his feet and be able to protect the quarterback from the blindside there.”

Worth Noting – Ash considers red-shirt freshman wide receiver Jawuan Harris to be a full-time baseball player right now.

Quote of the Day – “There is [competition] to a certain extent, but at the end of the day we’re in the Big Ten and they’re in the American Conference. Are they competition? Yeah they are, but they’re really not. They shouldn’t be. If we’re going to recruit the type of players that we want here, we have to recruit at a higher level. They’ve done an outstanding job. They get some players that people probably look at and say, 'how did they get them?’ It’s because they’ve built a nice program. They do a good job of recruiting. They build relationships. It’s the same type of thing that we want to do here at Rutgers. I look at them as an example of a program that we want to try to model ourselves after based on what they have done here recently.” – Ash on rivalry and relationships with Temple and coach Matt Rhule.

Around Football  -- A prospect with New Jersey ties, Mentor (Ohio) 2018 quarterback Tadas Tatarunas is on track for a Midwest recruiting tour before he camps at Rutgers this summer and could be the next offer at his position. 

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