Chris Ash was not set to address the media Monday, but Rutgers announced an impromptu conference call in the morning.
The reason? To name redshirt junior Chris Laviano the team’s starting quarterback in its season opener against Washington.
Coach Chris Ash says Chris Laviano will be starting QB
— J.P. Pelzman (@JPPelzman) August 22, 2016
Ash says Laviano has shown "most consistency'' and is "best decision maker in the group.'' #rutgers
— Keith Sargeant (@KSargeantNJ) August 22, 2016
Laviano beat out TCU graduate transfer Zach Allen, though last year’s second- and third-string QBs, Hayden Rettig and Giovanni Rescigno, were in the mix during the spring and before training camp. Ash eliminated them at the start of camp, but said Monday that he wouldn’t name a backup for another few days.
Laviano led an upstart Rutgers offense in 2015, completing 61 percent of his passes at 7.3 yards per attempt with 16 TDs and 12 INTs. Per FootballOutsiders.com, the Scarlet Knights’ passing attack ranked 45th in the nation.
Laviano, a Hicksville, N.Y., native, was a 3-star recruit in the class of 2013.
Allen played two years at TCU after redshirting in 2013, but never saw significant time at quarterback with Trevone Boykin having that job locked down.