Three-star CB prospect Tony Butler hopes to visit Rutgers within the next few weeks (Aug. 31).
“I’ll possibly be at Rutgers next week,” Butler said. “It’ll be after my game which is that Saturday. So it’ll be either Saturday, Sunday or Monday (the weekend of Sept. 12).”
Butler, out of St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio recently released his top-three schools, with Rutgers not among them. However, Butler is open to attending Rutgers.
“No leader right now, at least,” Butler said. “After I visit Arizona State and potentially Rutgers, then that’s where my leader will come in. The leader will be where I commit to.”
The suspension of Chris Laviano means Hayden Rettig will start at quarterback for Rutgers in the season opener on Sept. 5 against Norfolk State. The two have been competing for the top job since the spring. Rettig is a sophomore transfer from LSU who sat out last season. It will be his first time playing in a game since high school.
“Being able to start against Norfolk State – it’s awesome,” Rettig said. “Just have to keep doing what I’m doing, make sure that I’m ready for Norfolk State.”
Head coach Kyle Flood declined to say whether Rettig would remain the starter after the season opener, and declined to say whether Rettig would have won the starting job regardless of Laviano’s suspension.
“I don’t think we want to live in a world of hypotheticals,” Flood said. “We’ve got a very specific situation that happened. You know the reaction to that situation and we’ll just go from there.”
Rutgers football has suspended QB Chris Laviano and WR Leonte Carroo for the first half of their season opener against Norfolk State due to a curfew violation (Schad, Aug. 25).
Laviano has been competing with red shirt sophomore Hayden Rettig for the starting QB position. With the news of this suspension, Rettig is now slated to start the opening game.
Carroo was second in the Big Ten last year with 1,068 receiving yards and is a team captain.
LB Kevin Martinez, P Tim Gleeson and CB Ruhann Peele were also suspended for the first half of the season opener.
Rutgers is investigating football head coach Kyle Flood for possible rules violations. Flood could face a suspension or firing due to impermissible contact he might have made with a faculty member. (Sargeant, Aug. 25).
The focal point of the investigation surrounds an email sent from Flood’s personal account to a faculty member in relation to cornerback Nadir Barnwell, who is reportedly in jeopardy of being deemed academically ineligible this season.
At this time it’s not clear whether Flood could be in violation of an NCAA or Big Ten rule for his alleged actions.
A day after the contenders for the job both put in solid performances, Rutgers football coach Kyle Flood still hasn’t decided on a starting quarterback.
Hayden Retting went 10-for-17 for 144 yards and one touchdown and Chris Laviano was 10-for-15 for 123 yards with three TDs in Saturday’s nighttime scrimmage in Piscataway. They both went the night without an interception.
Rutgers will open the season Sept. 5 against Norfolk State.
Rutgers quarterbacks Hayden Rettig and Chris Laviano, locked in a battle for the starting job, both performed well in the Scarlet Knights’ scrimmage Saturday night in Piscataway.
Rettig was 10-for-17 for 144 yards and one TD and Laviano 10-for-15 for 123 yards and three scores. Neither QB threw an interception. They alternated on the first and second teams; the first-team offense played the second-team defense and vice versa.
Knights coach Kyle Flood said his decision on the starter would be greatly influenced by Saturday’s performances.
Receivers Janarion Grant and Andre Patton each had four catches, Grant for 68 yards and Patton for 42. Justin Goodwin (70 yards on 10 carries) was the leading rusher. Devan Carter ran 14 times for 49 yards.
The Knights open the season Saturday Sept. 5 at home at against Norfolk State.