Monday Practice Report: Quarterback Game Plan for New Mexico Week

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- After three quarterbacks took the field for Rutgers last week, head coach Chris Ash and offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer discussed the latest at the position.

The Headline – Rutgers showcased two new quarterbacks Saturday over Howard, but they are not in the immediate game plan against New Mexico.

Junior Chris Laviano remains as the sole starting quarterback for Rutgers, but he needs a stronger start as the leader of the offense.

“His performance was okay, not great,” said offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer. “I still stand by that. I think he can play a lot better. There's some things that I think we can cleanup technique wise in the discipline of where his eyes are, making the right reads and I think, maybe for him, it was a technique problem. Not a huge fix, but one that has to happen for him and for our football team."

 Giovanni Rescigno and Tylin Oden both debuted against Howard but only after the game was out of hand. Mehringer and coach Chris Ash did not yet discuss long-term plans for Oden after he saw the field as a true freshman.

“Chris Laviano is still our starter but we're still evaluating that position just like we are several positions on what we've got to do to get it better and perform better on Saturdays,” Ash said. “Chris knows that. We all know that. We're working diligently every day to try to work on the things that need to be worked on with him.”

TCU transfer Zach Allen is “in the mix” as well.
“He's kind of I think along the same boat right now as Tylin in terms of he's got to develop in the passing game a little bit, but a great kid and a great leader,” Mehringer said. “So I think the future for (Allen) is still very bright. There's just a little bit more development that has to happen for him."

Worth Noting – Ash officially ruled Saquan Hampton out for New Mexico week. Kiy Hester remains the starter at free safety with true freshmen Lawrence Stevens and KJ Gray as the backups.

Quote of the Day – “We'd love to have a team full of guys like Larry Stevens. But really appreciate what he brings to the table as a guy that came here as a walk-on, and he's going to earn himself a scholarship if he keeps doing what he's doing. Really excited about Larry.” – Ash.

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