Rutgers quarterback Chris Laviano played in five games last season as the backup quarterback, but with Gary Nova looking for his spot in the NFL, the starting job is up for grabs this season (NJ.com, March 31).
Laviano will compete with Hayden Rettig and Giovanni Rescigno for the starting spot, but he said he thinks he has the experience to be the team leader, throwing for 107 yards on 11-for-28 passing last fall.
“Obviously I’ve had an entire season of getting better and taking reps with the ones and the twos,” said Laviano. “I think that (experience) is very beneficial going into the spring. I’m the only one who has been here for spring ball so far. I know what to expect. I’m getting ready every single day to fight for the job.”
Coach Kyle Flood agreed as he said the Long Island native has “come a long way from when he started” at Rutgers in January 2013.
“There’s definitely an advantage to being in the game plan, to having to take reps during the week even though you don’t get quite as many as the starter gets, and sometimes you don’t get any,” Flood said. “But mentally you get to take them, you get to be on that side of the field, you get to hear the coaching, so there’s a lot of advantages to it.” To read more of this story, click here
Rutgers President Robert Barchi can think of plenty of reasons how the school has benefited from their introduction into the Big Ten Conference, and he outlines many of them in his letter to state senator Raymond Lesniak in hopes of explaining the need to upgrade the school’s athletic facilities (NJ.com, March 30).
“Our athletic programs, and the university as a whole, are now receiving national attention and exposure,” Barchi said in the letter. “That attention and exposure is reflected across the university — from the spirit of our fans to the achievements of our students; from the depth and richness of our research collaborations to the millions of positive media impressions and the broad introduction of our great university to families across America.”
Most impressively, though, is the increase in enrollment in the university.
“We are already seeing the benefits of entering the Big Ten and its academic counterpart, the Committee on Institutional Cooperation,” Barchi said. “Applications for admission to Rutgers are up by 12 percent, with out-of-state applications up by 15 percent. The average SAT score of admitted applicants to Rutgers has increased by more than 20 points since our entrance to the Big Ten; this is an unprecedented improvement.” To read more of this story, click here
Daniel Dalton, a tight end from Marshfield, MA has already committed to Boston College, but he still plans to make the trip to visit Rutgers on Friday (NJ.com, March 26).
“I’m committed to BC, however, the recruiting process is a long journey and Rutgers has shown interest since the beginning of my process,” Dalton said.
The 6-5, 230-pound junior collected 56 receptions for 765 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014 to earn him all-state selection. He’s received offers from UMass and Alabama, with UConn and Delaware also showing interest. But he’ll give the Scarlet Knights a fair chance, too.
“I have family ties to New Jersey,” Dalton said. “My father grew up in Piscataway, so we are very familiar with the university.”
Dalton committed to the Eagles in February.
Rutgers women’s basketball won’t reach the Sweet 16 after falling 91-55 to No. 1 UConn on Monday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament’s Albany Region (Asbury Park Press, March 23).
“That was a great team,” Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer said. “Not to say anything but admiration and respect for UConn and the well-oiled machine that they have. Great defense. Great offense. It was a lot for us to try to undertake.”
The Scarlet Knights had an uphill battle from the start with starting point guard Syessence Davis out with an injury, and her replacement, Briyona Canty, gone in the first 90 seconds with two fouls.
“It took away two point guards that have a lot of experience,” senior forward Betnijah Laney said. “You need that experience, especially in games like this.”
Recap: The Rutger’s Women’s basketball team was blown out by No. 1 seed UCONN on Monday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Need to Know: Taking on the No 1. overall seed, Rutgers found themselves down by the score of 11-4 early in the first half. Rutgers went on a run soon after, cutting UCONN’s lead to 21-16 around the halfway mark of the first.
After Rutgers’ small run, UCONN responded by going on a 16-2 run to take a 32-18 lead. UCONN kept that roll going and took a 51-31 lead into the half.
UCONN outscored Rutgers 26-12 to open the second half and erase any hope of a miracle comeback.
Briyona Canty suffered an injury a few minutes into the second half and did not return.
Tyler Scaife scored 16 points in the defeat.
Rutgers baseball beat Perdue 5-2 on the road to clinch it’s first Big Ten series victory of the season on Sunday at Alexander Field in Millburn, N.J. (Rutgers, March 22).
Sophomore Gaby Rosa posted six innings on the mound in his first start since week one of the season. Rosa earned his seventh win of his career, allowing just three hits and one run.
Freshman Ryan Wares followed Rosa on the mound with one inning of relief, recording a looking strikeout to strand a runner at second. Senior Jon Young closed out the game with two Ks and a fly out in the ninth.
Offensively, Milo Freeman led the charge going 4-for-4 with one RBI, while second baseman Chris Suseck went 3-for-4 at the dish with two runs. The junior also recorded the first three stolen bases of his career.
The win marked the third time in the last four years the Scarlet Knights won their opening conference set on the road.