Graduate transfer quarterback Chris Laviano arrived at San Diego State three months ago to — at best — challenge starter Christian Chapman and — at worst — provide some depth at the position for the Aztecs.
It turns out Laviano did not challenge Chapman. In fact, when SDSU’s two-deep roster came out on Thursday, sophomore Ryan Agnew was listed as Chapman’s backup.
Laviano won’t be providing any depth now, either. On Monday, Laviano informed SDSU head coach Rocky Long that he was leaving the team.
“He came to me and said he wanted his release so he could transfer someplace to play lacrosse,” Long said. “I guess he was a good lacrosse player in high school. His lacrosse coach told him he can get him a full ride Division II scholarship tomorrow from five or six places close to home. He might even be able to get him a Division I scholarship.
“He’s kind of an expert on transferring. He told me his first class wasn’t until 7 o’clock tonight and as long as he didn’t go to class, he could transfer and be eligible. I don’t know that. I would guess he’s right because I’m sure he checked.”
Long was surprised by Laviano’s request, finding out just minutes before Monday afternoon’s practice began.
“I used to get upset with players when they would quit or decide to leave,” Long said. “I don’t anymore. It’s really common now. A lot more common than it was 20 years ago. I must be getting old because the reasons they give you are ridiculous.”
Laviano transfer to SDSU had been rumored for months, but wasn’t official until the New York native graduated from Rutgers in May and enrolled in summer school at SDSU.
“When I was leaving Rutgers, I wanted to find a school where I could get back under center and, obviously, play again my last year of eligibility,” Laviano said upon his arrival at SDSU. “I’m trying to contribute as much as I possibly can to this team, whatever that may be. I’m an older guy. I’m 22 years old. … Whatever I can contribute, whether that be working hard, experience or playing, whatever way possible, I’m going to attempt to do this season.”
Laviano’s priorities changed at some point during camp the past three weeks. He had been in a back-and-forth battle with Agnew for the backup spot, displaying a strong arm but issues with accuracy.
The departure of Laviano leaves the Aztecs with five quarterbacks on the roster — Chapman, Agnew, redshirt freshman Neil Boudreau and true freshmen Mark Salazar and Cam Roane. Salazar and Roane are expected to redshirt.
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