Rutgers Scarlet Knights Find Veteran Quarterback in Transfer Hayden Rettig

By Tyler Brett
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As the Rutgers Scarlet Knights prepare to make the move into the Big Ten this season, the program has spent the offseason looking for help at the quarterback position. The Knights recognize that their overall depth at the position is lacking and have scoured the transfer options to add some veteran players to the mix. Have they found their guy with the news of former LSU Tigers quarterback Hayden Rettig transferring to Rutgers?

Rettig is a former four-star quarterback recruit whose style did not seem to mesh with what Les Miles was looking for in Baton Rouge. The traditional drop-back style passer found himself buried on the depth chart despite good size and a strong arm, so he decided to leave the LSU program after one season in which he redshirted to find a new home with a better opportunity to start.

He will have plenty of opportunity at Rutgers after he sits out the 2014 season due to transfer rules. Three-year starting quarterback Gary Nova is entering his senior year and will graduate after this season, opening the door for Rettig to compete for the job for 2015. Behind Nova on the depth chart for 2014 are junior Mike Bimonte and redshirt freshman Chris Laviano.

Rutgers had a clear plan for this offseason of adding a transfer quarterback who could provide a veteran presence in 2015. After being forced to dismiss former Minnesota Golden Gophers  quarterback Philip Nelson before he even arrived on campus, the Knights are happy to offer Hayden Rettig an opportunity to play. Can he be the man for Rutgers in 2015?

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