Who would've guessed it? Rutgers still does not have a quarterback for the 2015 season and it has been almost two weeks since Kyle Flood was supposed to pick one and stick with his choice for the whole season. However, a fake I.D. and a missed curfew later, there is still no resolution. Here's what we know following Saturday's game:
Flood favors Laviano
Flood refused to commit to Hayden Rettig beyond the first half of the season opener even though he stayed out of trouble and made up plenty of ground. Furthermore, Rettig played great in the first half against Norfolk State and did nothing to lose his job, but Flood still put Laviano in. In addition, Flood gave Laviano better chances to succeed. Rettig didn't get to play with Leonte Carroo and barely got the opportunity to stretch the ball down the field. Laviano's first pass was a streak route to the best receiver in the conference and he got to do it again on the very next drive. Rettig's deepest play was a post route to Janarion Grant that was called back for holding. Flood continues to give Laviano more opportunities to succeed and prove himself.
The fans want Rettig
Rettig wins every poll by a landslide that questions who the starter should be. He stayed out of trouble and grinded out fall camp to make up ground on Laviano. From his tenacious style of running the ball to his dance moves on the sideline, Rettig was on his way to becoming a fan favorite. Fans all over Twitter were upset and felt it was unfair to Rettig when Laviano started the second half. It is clear that the Rutgers faithful want Rettig as their guy.
Time to Nitpick
Clearly, Laviano was more efficient and by ESPN's standards, was perfect. Rettig wasn't too far behind, though, and had a rushing TD of his own. Laviano's first pass was horribly under thrown and is likely an interception against FBS-level competition. He is darn lucky Leonte Carroo mossed the DB and scored on the play. His second throw to Carroo was a beautiful throw on a play-action pass. His third score was on a bubble screen where Carroo did all the work. His other completion was a HB screen. So, I could make the case that Laviano only made one good throw and he had Carroo against a tired defense while Rettig didn't.
First of all, Rettig made the most Gary Nova throw of all-time. Rettig never disengaged his eyes from his receiver and the middle linebacker simply followed Rettig's eyes and read the pass. Rettig is lucky it was an FCS linebacker with stone hands and not a B1G player who would've picked it and returned it a long way. Other than that, Rettig was very sharp.
Is it too late?
It seems like the job is trending Laviano's way. Flood let him stretch the field and clearly gave him more freedom than Rettig. I think Rettig is better for the offense and has done everything he could possibly do to win the job. In my mind, he deserves the job and earned the job. The only issue: Kyle Flood makes the choice, not the fans. We can only wait and see, as the starter should be named Monday or Tuesday.