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Frank Spaziani: ‘We don’t know’ QB yet

09.29.10 at 12:52 pm ET
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Frank Spaziani (AP)

Frank Spaziani (AP)

Boston College football coach Frank Spaziani refuted a report that the Eagles already selected freshman Chase Rettig to start Saturday night’s game at home vs. Notre Dame. Speaking on the ACC Football Coaches Media Teleconference on Wednesday afternoon, Spaziani said: “That hasn’t been announced yet. We don’t know who we’re going with yet.”

Rettig and Mike Marscovetra have been battling in practice this week for the right to replace Dave Shinskie, who has struggled in the early going for the 2-1 Eagles. On Saturday, BC lost to Virginia Tech 19-0, the Eagles’ first shutout in 12 years.

“We’ve made the change because we weren’t satisfied with the production we were getting at that position,” Spaziani said. “So, we decided to go in a little different direction here. What we’re expecting [from the new QB] is a winning performance.”

Spaziani said he has no deadline for choosing the new starter. Said the coach: “I know this: On Saturday night at 8 o’clock, we’ll have one of those guys out there. That’s our timetable.”

Notre Dame heads to Alumni Stadium with a 1-3 record under first-year coach (and Boston-area native) Brian Kelly. After opening the season with a win over Purdue, ND lost heartbreakers to Michigan and Michigan State (in overtime) before a 23-point loss to Stanford last Saturday.

“Notre Dame, despite their 1-3 record, they’re a very good football team,” Spaziani said. “They’re big, strong and fast, and they’re extremely well coached. They have all the pieces in the puzzle there. They’ve just run into a little bit of a buzzsaw early on in the new regime. I’m looking for a very, very good football team to come in here, a very hungry team.”

Notre Dame won last year’s meeting, 20-16, to end a six-game losing streak to BC and take a one-game lead in the all-time series, 10-9.

“When you’re playing Notre Dame, it really doesn’t matter what the record is,” Spaziani said. “Notre Dame is Notre Dame. They’ve got good players, they have good coaching, they have obviously a tremendous tradition. It’s Notre Dame.”

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BC hockey ranked No. 1 in preseason poll

09.29.10 at 8:18 am ET
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Coming off its 2010 NCAA championship, the Boston College hockey team earned the No. 1 spot in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine preseason poll released this week. Coach Jerry York‘s Eagles had 28 of the 34 first-place votes and amassed 504 points. They sit 42 points ahead of North Dakota, which is followed by Miami (Ohio), Michigan and Yale. Other New England teams in the top 15 include Maine (7), New Hampshire (8) and Boston University (14).

BC opens the season Oct. 9 at Northeastern. The Eagles will raise their 2010 championship banner on Oct. 29 before their home opener against Merrimack.

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Chase Rettig expected to start at quarterback Saturday

09.29.10 at 7:12 am ET
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According to a Boston Globe report, true freshman Chase Rettig will be the starting quarterback Saturday night when Boston College takes on Notre Dame. Coach Frank Spaziani had said following Saturday’s shutout loss to Virginia Tech that Rettig and Mike Marscovetra would battle for the right to replace Dave Shinskie.

Rettig is a highly regarded, 6-foot-4, 205-pounder from San Clemente, Calif.. The Eagles were expected to redshirt him, but with Shinskie struggling and Marscovetra failing to impress in stints off the bench, Rettig appears to have won the job.

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Shinskie: ‘I should be the starting quarterback’

09.25.10 at 5:14 pm ET
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CHESTNUT HILL — Call it supreme confidence, leadership, misplaced bravado or simply whistling past the graveyard but Dave Shinskie believes he should still be the starting quarterback of the Boston College football team this season.

Even after he was intercepted twice and lost a fumble in Saturday’s 19-0 loss to the Virginia Tech Hokies in the ACC opener for 2010.

It was the first time in 148 games Boston College was blanked from opening kickoff to final gun since the Hokies did it on the same field Oct. 8, 1998, the year before a quarterback named Michael Vick came to Blacksburg, Va.

There will be plenty of calls for head coach Frank Spaziani to change the starting quarterback this week with Notre Dame on the docket for next Saturday night at Alumni Stadium. And Spaziani admitted after the game he may have already made up his mind to go to either Mike Marscovetra or Chase Rettig.

“What if I have already?” Spaziani quipped, before adding that he won’t let the mystery linger. ”We’re not going to go out there and let them line up on their own like gym class.”

But Shinskie isn’t ready to give up the ship.

“I think I should be the starting quarterback,” Shinskie said afterward. “There’s a lot of stuff that goes into being a starting quarterback and I think I have that. That’s all I have to say.”

Shinskie finished 11-of-25 for just 130 yards and two interceptions and a lost fumble. His first interception – picked by Jayron Hosley in the end zone stopped BC’s first real threat in its tracks after reaching the Tech 10. Read the rest of this entry »

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What we learned: Virginia Tech 19, Boston College 0

09.25.10 at 3:15 pm ET
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Five Things We Learned: Eagles shut out by Hokies

Virginia Tech and Boston College faced off in an ACC opener on a scorcher of a day for each squad. Game-time temperature was 86 with the readings on the field well over 100.

It was their first meeting in Alumni Stadium since a 28-23 Eagles win two years ago, when it was Virginia Tech that couldn’t manage an offensive touchdown. BC had won 10 of the last 11 games at Alumni entering Saturday. But it was evident early on that the Alumni advantage would not be enough to inspire their offense and keep Virginia Tech from taking revenge with an impressive 19-0 shutout of Boston College on Saturday in front of a crowd of 42,317.

It was the first time BC was shutout since a 17-0 loss to the Hokies on Oct. 8, 1998.

Hokies make opening statement: After winning the coin toss in the ACC opener, the Hokies chose to defer the opening kickoff to their opponents, sending the Eagles a firm message: Beat us with your offense. It was all too clear that the Eagles were not up to the challenge. Running back Montel Harris was able to find the open field for large chunks of yardage to the tune of 111 yards on 19 rushes but he was unable to find the end zone.

“The offensive line was giving a good push, we just weren’t able to finish drives and put points on the board,” Harris said. “We’ve been running a lot of the same plays this week, just trying to make sure with repetition we’ll be able to execute our plays and it seemed to work for the time being but we just weren’t able to finish off drives. That’s what we needed to win.”

Freshman kicker Nate Freese’s 47-yard field goal attempt fell wide right in the second quarter, the first missed opportunity of his career at BC after making all four of his attempts against Kent State.

Shinskie couldn’t handle the ACC heat: The 26-year-old sophomore quarterback looked very uncomfortable and wilted in the heat. The former minor league pitcher threw a shutout on Saturday but was unable to even finish the game before being replaced in the second half. It was 86 degrees outside but the Hokies made sure to add some extra heat. Dave Shinskie looked uncomfortable in a backfield constantly faced with pressure by the Virginia Tech defense. After showing some signs of growth and promise in contests against Weber State and Kent State, Shinskie clearly was unprepared to handle a talented and tenacious Hokies defense. Shinskie went 11-25 with 130 yards and two interceptions and a fumble. Every drive Shinskie faced serious pressure and was unable to maintain any inkling of awareness or composure long enough to provide a legitimate test for the Virginia Tech defense. The VT defense finished the game with six sacks on BC quarterbacks.

Mike Petraglia takes a closer look a quarterback controversy brewing at The Heights.

BC defense all Eagles have to lean on: While it was clear the offense could not put points on the board, the Eagles defense played a solid game against a potent Virginia Tech attack that was given great field position thanks to three BC turnovers. Linebackers Luke Kuechly and Mark Herzlich were constantly in on defensive stops that forced the Hokies to kick four field goals. One of the lone bright spots for the Eagles in the game was created when Kuechly tipped a Tyrod Taylor pass, resulting in Herzlich’s first interception since a November 29, 2008 game against Maryland. The BC fans in Alumni for Parents’ Weekend cheered loudly for Herzlich, proud of his comeback from Ewing’s sarcoma. He finished the game with seven tackles as well. Kuechly led the BC defense and finished with 16 tackles, his 12th straight game with double-digit tackles. Freshman linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis also continued his impressive first year with the defense as he recorded 11 tackles, proving that BC has one of the top linebacker units in the nation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Frank Spaziani: ‘The pace is going to pick up’

09.11.10 at 8:03 pm ET
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Montel Harris and the Eagles showed flashes against Kent State but lacked consistency. (AP)

Running back Montel Harris and the Eagles showed flashes against Kent State but lacked consistency. (AP)

Don’t let the score fool you, the Eagles have a lot of work to do.

Whether it was the lack of offensive execution by sophomore quarterback Dave Shinskie or the inability of running back Montel Harris to find holes at the line of scrimmage, BC looked shaky at times in its 26-13 win over Kent State (1-1) on Saturday.

Even BC’s coach admitted as much.

“Right now, we have a lot of loose ends,” Frank Spaziani said. “We have to clean it up as coaches and we have to get to where we execute a little better and hopefully, we’ll get better. The pace is going to pick up and we have to pick up, also.”

Spaziani pointed to the fact his team has next weekend off to help prepare for what figures to be a riled-up Virginia Tech squad in two weeks in its ACC opener. Tech lost to James Madison, 21-16, on Saturday, highlighting a putrid day for the ACC. Other conference heavies to lose included Miami (at Ohio State) and Florida State (embarrassed at Oklahoma) as all four Top 25 ACC teams lost.

In the first half, the Eagles couldn’t seem to get any hint of offensive rhythm together. At one point, Spaziani swapped Shinksie for sophomore backup Mark Marscovetra, frustrated by the offense’s inability to create first downs and maintain ball control.

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Things We Learned: BC offense halfway there

09.11.10 at 6:44 pm ET
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CHESTNUT HILL — For one half of football, it couldn’t have been much worse — or uglier — for those calling the offensive plays for Boston College. And while the Eagles beat the Golden Flashes of Kent State, 26-13, Saturday at Alumni Stadium, it’s obvious work remains before they play Virginia Tech in two weeks at The Heights.

Whether it was Dave Shinskie or Mike Marscovetra, the only thing offensive for the Eagles was their execution.

They ran 32 plays and only mustered 129 yards. Their only saving grace was their defense made life even more miserable for Kent’s offense. The Golden Flashes ran two more plays but managed 27 fewer yards in the opening half.

Shinskie was given a first-and-goal at the Kent State 8-yard line following a 22-yard interception return by Alex Albright. He could not advance the ball a single yard, and the Eagles had to settle for a 27-yard Nate Freese field goal.

Marscovetra relieved Shinskie following an ill-fated three-and-out to end the first quarter. But Marscovetra fared even worse, throwing an interception that allowed Kent State to tie the game.

Shinskie was re-inserted and led the team down the field on an 11-play, 74-yard drive in the final 4:54 of the first half. Coach Frank Spaziani was visibly frustrated and even gave thought to going for it on fourth-and-goal at the Kent 5. But cooler and calmer heads prevailed and Freese was brought in for the second of four field goals on the afternoon.

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BC 6, Kent State 3 – Halftime summary

09.11.10 at 5:44 pm ET
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CHESTNUT HILL — How ugly was it in the first 30 minutes at Alumni Stadium?

Boston College gained only 129 yards and still outgained Kent State by 27 yards.

Nate Freese connected on field goals of 27 and 22 yards to help BC take a 6-3 lead before an understandably understimulated home crowd.

BC’s go-ahead field goal came on the last play of the first half and capped the best offensive series of the half for the Eagles, 11 plays, 74 yards in the final 4 minutes, 54 seconds.

Dave Shinskie had his struggles to say the least. Before leading his team inside the 10, he was pulled once in the first half for ineffective play and couldn’t budge the offense when given a first-and-goal at the Kent 8 following a 22-yard interception return by Alex Albright.

Sophomore Mike Marscovetra came in and actually fared worse, going 1-for-3 and throwing a pick at midfield.

The highlight for the Eagles came on defense. In addition to Albright’s pick, they held Kent’s passing game – once led by Julian Edelman – to 13-of-23 for 87 yards and two interceptions.

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BC 3, Kent State 0 – First quarter summary

09.11.10 at 4:16 pm ET
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CHESTNUT HILL — This much is obvious about the Boston College Eagles this year.

They will go as far as their hard-hitting defense will take them.

Alex Albright, Luke Kuechly and Mark Herzlich all made big hits and big plays in the opening 15 minutes as the Eagles grabbed a 3-0 lead over Kent State of the MAC.

Albright’s 22-yard interception return to the Kent State 8 set up the only points by either team. Nate Freese banged through a 27-yard field goal after quarterback Dave Shinskie could not lead the Eagles into the end zone.

With several NFL scouts in attendance in the press box, Albright showed the ability to drop from his defensive end position into pass coverage and then showed good hands in picking off the pass from Spencer Keith.

Kuechly and Herzlich laid big hits on running backs coming out of the backfield, trying to catch the linebackers out of position in space. It didn’t work.

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Isaac Johnson leaves football team

09.10.10 at 6:29 am ET
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Boston College football coach Frank Spaziani confirmed Thursday that junior cornerback Isaac Johnson has departed the program due to “personal issues.” Johnson, a former Everett High School standout who did not play in Saturday’s season-opener vs. Weber State, had 27 tackles with an interception and a forced fumble last season.

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