Big Ten

Rutgers' quarterback depth takes another hit as Zach Allen tears an ACL

It's been an eventful offseason in Rutgers' quarterback room, and more news came down Thursday.

Head coach Chris Ash announced Thursday that Zach Allen, a transfer from TCU, suffered a torn ACL. It's unknown how long Allen will be out with the injury, but with that type of injury it's suspected he'll miss at least the start of the season.

Allen's injury is the latest bit of upheaval at the game's most important position for the Scarlet Knights. Chris Laviano and Hayden Rettig both transferred this offseason, and Tylin Oden was dismissed from the program earlier this month after running afoul of team rules.

Still, the two prime contenders for the starting job remain on track to compete in returning starter Gio Rescigno and incoming freshman Johnathan Lewis. Allen was expected to be the third-stringer when the season starts in the fall.

Rescigno took over as the starter midway through last season, replacing Laviano. Rescigno finished completing 52.8 percent of his passes for 889 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions.

Lewis, meanwhile, is a heralded recruit, ranked as the 15th-best dual-threat quarterback in this year's class by Rivals. He was rated as the eighth-best prospect in New Jersey.

Whichever quarterback wins the starting job, he'll be expected to elevate a Rutgers passing game that ranked dead last in the Big Ten last season, averaging just 138.3 yards through the air per game.