Congestion picked up on Chris Laviano's road to return as Rutgers football's starting quarterback with an offseason.
And Laviano has only himself to blame from a certain point of view.
A co-starter with TCU graduate transfer Zach Allen at training camp's beginning, Laviano played a key role in Allen's verbal commitment in June.
“On my visit here, we got to hang out and that was one of the reasons I wanted to come here,” Allen said. “I heard everything about him but you get to hang out with some guy and really get to know someone is a lot different. I really enjoyed my time with him. We do everything together. He actually took me to the airport before camp started. “
Camp started Sunday afternoon when players reported to their hotel rooms and then the Hale Center. The quarterback competition hulked up Monday during the first practice, and there is no animosity between the two at the top of the depth chart.
“We do a lot of things together,” Allen said. “We like each other. We know it's a competition. We know the best guy is going to win. There's no hard feelings. We're all in it together.”
Allen officially joined the quarterback room in late June, where he began classes as a graduate student at Rutgers.
The red-shirt junior has a late start compared his competition. A late start and transition away from receiver do not work as excuses in Allen's opinion.
“It's my job coming in late to know the playbook,” he said. “Get everything done that I need to get done before camp starts. I felt like I put myself in a good opportunity, a good place to be able to compete for this job.”
Experience in the spread offense does not give Allen a significant advantage based on variances in the playbook.
“Spread is different everywhere you go,” said Allen, who was a three-star quarterback in the class of 2012. “There are some similarities and there are a lot of differences. Concepts, going fast, trying to catch the defense off guard is the same. The playbook here is different, a lot of different formations, a lot of different things that the defense has to prepare for, which is cool as an offense. You can just go fast in your base offense and prepare for everything else.”