|Shinskie: ‘I should be the starting quarterback’||09.25.10 at 5:14 pm ET|
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.
“It’s still a mistake,” Shinskie said. “I saw something. I saw him wide open. I thought I had him. They brought the corner back and I probably should’ve zipped it in there a little bit harder. You still hate [mistakes] but our defense was playing good and our defense, I have a lot of respect for our defense.”
He then lost his train of thought. Understandably so.
“I’m just a little bit frustrated right now.”
His greatest source of frustration came on the last play of the first half, labeled “The Decision” by Spaziani. “The Decision” was Shinskie’s call to tuck the ball and run for the front right pylon. He was caught from behind at the 3 and fell forward, less than a yard from the end zone. The play began with 15 seconds remaining but with BC having no timeouts left.
Still, Spaziani approved of the decision to run one more play, putting their fate in Shinskie’s hands.
“There was a blitz on and I just saw a hole and probably should have thrown it away but I saw the end zone and tried my damndest to get in or out of bounds,” Shinskie said. “I thought my hand was out of bounds. It’s the way it goes and we didn’t have time to get a play.”
“If he gets in, it’s like in basketball, ‘No, no, no – YES!’ Spaziani said. “If he gets in, it’s ‘No, no, no – nice job.’”
But Shinskie didn’t get in and BC and the quarterback were left to pick up the emotional pieces.
“Everything was laid out,” Spaziani said. “The plan was laid out. We were going to do what we were going to do. It’s not chess. People do stuff and things start going then it didn’t happen the way it was supposed to happen. Decisions were made, and we have to move forward.”
By the end of the first half, the Eagles had outgained Virginia Tech, 126-109, and actually ran more plays, 39-28. But they trailed 7-0.
“We moved the ball all first half, passing and running, and I’ve got to give credit to my line, Montel [Harris] and my receivers. But a drive means nothing if you don’t get any points on the board and that was our downfall today as an offense,” Shinskie said.
Things only got worse in the second half. He threw another interception, fumbled a ball and wound up sacked six times on the longest afternoon of his year-plus at Boston College.
“You have to come back out and play your game,” Shinskie said. “I came out flat myself and made a couple of mistakes with a fumble and interception and there’s no excuse for that.”
Running back Montel Harris, who had 111 yards on just 19 carries, said Shinskie is still his guy until told otherwise.
“I feel for him but I know he’s a hard worker and he’s going to get in the film room and see what he needs to improve on and he’s going to be ready to go tomorrow in practice,” Harris said. “I still have confidence in him.”
But does the coach? The answer is coming soon.