The Headline – Starter Chris Laviano spent the majority of his time Saturday on the bench, but he feels like a better quarterback because of it.
In a mirror of his offense, Laviano's struggles come in multiple ways. Slowing things down with an outsider's perspective against Michigan was good for him, he said.
“Obviously it's not the ideal situation but it's cool to help out my fellow quarterbacks and also kind of see from the sidelines,” Laviano said. “When you've played college football for as long as I have so far, the mental part of the game is pretty cool. You get to watch from the sidelines and relay it.”
Laviano makes his 18th consecutive start at quarterback Saturday against Illinois.
“I've seen a lot [on film] since Sunday,” Laviano said. “We've been working in practice. Film is definitely going to be important. They have a pretty good defense, a lot of man. As long as we identify what they do and execute on offense, we should have a pretty good game.”
Worth Noting – Rutgers had multiple positive developments on the health front, including more practice work for starters Saquan Hampton and Tariq Cole at safety and left tackle respectively. Walk-on receiver Chris Parker received more opportunities in the return game.
Quote of the Day – “Clear our minds. Go back to the excitement and energy we had at the end of fall camp and that's what we move on and play with. You can sit around and complain about what went wrong, but it's the past. Just like when you win. Had we won a big game like that, we've got to come out Sunday. Guess what? It's a new team this week. Welcome to the Big Ten guys. Every game is big. … Our message from day one with recruits, doesn't matter what class, is what the plan is here. How we're going to go about it. Every one of those guys, they know it's not happening overnight. The guys we're looking for know it's not going to happen overnight.” – Offensive line coach AJ Blazek.