Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Chris Laviano and star receiver Leonte Carroo will both be suspended for the first half of the team’s season opener against Norfolk State on Sept. 5 due to a curfew violation.
ESPN’s Joe Schad reported the suspensions, which were also doled out to linebacker Kevin Marquez, punter Tim Gleeson and cornerback Ruhann Peele for the same amount of time.
This means that in Laviano’s absence, Hayden Rettig will start at quarterback in the first half. A former four-star recruit out of Cathedral High School in Los Angeles, Rettig sat out last season after transferring from LSU.
Though Laviano is too a four-star recruit, perhaps this could be the start of a quarterback controversy as Rettig has been reported as showing both arm strength and accuracy in training camp.
Carroo is the much bigger loss, as he was second in the Big Ten in receiving yards last season with 1,086 on 55 catches, plus 10 touchdowns. Though his draft stock was respectable, he opted to return to school.
Needless to say, Rutgers’ season opener just got a lot more interesting.
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