Although Chris Laviano, the starter in 2015 will return to Rutgers, he no longer has his starting job. With the spread offense now in place, there is a new playbook and no job has been given. During Spring practice Laviano, Hayden Rettig, and Giovanni Rescigno battled it out for the starting job. Since then, Rutgers has added TCU transfer Zach Allen to the mix and B1G Media Day was Chris Ash’s first time talking about it.
Ash along with offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer don’t feel completely comfortable with any of the other three QBs.
They need a QB with experience in a spread offense and with great athleticism. Allen fits exactly what they need at the position and might even be leading the race before even taking a practice rep for the Scarlet Knights.
With that being said, Chris Laviano is fit to run the offense and might just be the toughest player on the roster. He has dealt with massive scrutiny from everyone around the program except for his teammates. As far as I’m concerned, he has the support of the locker room and the competitive drive to win the job and be a better player than he was last year.
With all due respect to Rettig and Rescigno, I see the competition as a two-man race between Laviano and Allen. I think if Rettig had “it” we would know by know. He has had plenty of chances. Additionally, I just don’t think Rescigno is ready or has the arm strength necessary.
At the end of the day, however, I think this is a battle that will make its way right up to the season opener at Washington.