Carroo, Laviano suspended for first half of opener; Rettig to start
Things went from bad to worse in New Jersey on Monday afternoon.
Shortly after it was announced that coach Kyle Flood is being investigated for a rules violation, ESPN’s Joe Schad reported that the Big Ten’s leading returning receiver, Leonte Carroo, and quarterback Chris Laviano, will be suspended. The two allegedly violated curfew and will be sidelined for the first half of the season opener against Norfolk State.
Laviano had been battling with LSU transfer Hayden Rettig for the starting job. With Laviano out, Rettig will get the start by default.
The former four-star recruit will make his Rutgers debut after redshirting a year at LSU and sitting out 2014 because of transfer rules. Rettig impressed Flood in the scrimmage and was rumored to be making the better late push for the job in camp.
He’ll have to settle in without Carroo, who racked up 1,086 yards and 10 touchdowns but turned down the NFL to come back and be a senior captain.
According to Schad’s report, Rutgers also suspended linebacker Kevin Marquez, punter Tim Gleeson and cornerback Ruhann Peele for the first half of the opener.
Rutgers was the surprise team of the Big Ten in its first season in the conference, racking up eight wins including a 40-21 drubbing of North Carolina in the Quick Lane Bowl.