Tuesday Practice Report: Extended QB Battle for Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers coach Chris Ash detailed the spring game, and explained the latest on the quarterbacks after a Tuesday practice session outside for the Scarlet Knights.

The Headline – Get ready for another extending competition at quarterback. Coach Chris Ash formally stated that the latest quarterback battle will not end in spring, and could drag through training camp in a three-person race between Chris Laviano, Hayden Rettig and Giovanni Rescigno.

“I would say it’s still probably even,” Ash said. “I think right now with where we’re at in spring and the way it’s kind of gone back and forth, good days and bad days, that the competition is going to continue on through the summer into training camp. It’s not going to be something that will be settled at the end of spring. Nobody has been playing consistently enough to say that they would be deserving the right to be named the starting quarterback here at Rutgers.”

Laviano took all of the first-team reps in the open portion of Tuesday’s practice as well as Saturday’s scrimmage situation.

“They’re learning the offense.,” Ash said. “They’re running the offense a lot better than probably any of us thought they would be at this point. It’s still not good enough, and they know that.”

Worth Noting – In Saturday’s spring game, Rutgers splits into red and white rosters. The red roster includes primarily first- and third-team players while the white team consists of twos and fours, Ash said.

“All three quarterbacks will get a chance to take reps with the red offense for one group,” Ash said. “I want it a very clean day. I want it a very positive day for both offensive and defensive units.”

Quote of the Day – “It’s not my nature to be hands off and just let everybody else coach. I want it done a certain way.” -- Ash


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