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Posted on: November 13, 2011 2:01 am
Edited on: November 13, 2011 2:28 am
 

ACC Winners and Losers: Week 11



Posted by Chip Patterson


A handy recap of who really won and who really lost that you won't find in the box score.

WINNER: Virginia Tech's offensive backfield

The Hokies moved into control of the ACC Coastal Division thanks to another set of outstanding offensive performances from sophomore quarterback Logan Thomas and running back David Wilson. Wilson's gaudy numbers have become standard-issue for Virginia Tech, but Thursday night's 175 yard outing cemented his status as a contender for ACC Player of the Year. Thomas added 70 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, a nice compliment to his three touchdown passes. Between Wilson's elusiveness and Thomas' strength running the ball, they form a dangerous duo that any defense struggles to stop. Virginia Tech hasn't clinched their fifth division title in seven years yet, they still have North Carolina and in-state rival Virginia left on the schedule. But with the way Thomas and Wilson have been performing recently, I like their chances to be in Charlotte for a rematch with Clemson on Dec. 3.

LOSER: Georgia Tech LB Jeremiah Attaochu

With a 26-21 lead late in the third quarter, Attaochu appeared to have Logan Thomas stopped in his tracks on third down. The Hokies were deep in their own territory, and the punt would have given the Yellow Jackets the ball with great field position as the final period approached. But as the talented linebacker struggled to bring the 6-foot-6 250+ pound quarterback to the ground, Attaochu made a serious mistake throwing a punch.

"I just had an overdose of adrenalin," Attaochu explained after the game. "When I made contact with him, I was mad he wouldn't go down."

The personal foul penalty kept the Virginia Tech drive alive, and it ended with a 12-yard Logan Thomas touchdown run to give the Hokies a 27-26 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The penalty was undoubtedly the turning point of the second half, after the Yellow Jackets had put together two dominating touchdown drives. The loss knocked Georgia Tech out of contention for the ACC Championship Game, one of the primary goals for this team after last season's disappointing 6-7 finish.

WINNER: Chandler Catanzaro

Clemson's defense followed Tajh Boyd's game tying touchdown pass to Jaron Brown by forcing Wake Forest into a three and out. The field position was ideal, but Boyd was only able to drive the Tigers down to the 13 before Dabo Swinney tapped kicker Chandler Catanzaro to kick the potential game-winning field goal with less than 90 seconds remaining. Catanzaro has been streaky over the last two seasons, but from 30 yards the kick was expected to be a routine make for the sophomore from Greenville, S.C.. Catanzaro missed the kick, sending shock through Death Valley as Clemson fans saw their status as ACC Atlantic frontrunners shaken for the moment. But the Tigers' defense once again answered, giving Catanzaro another shot to win the game and lock up the Atlantic Division title. This time from 43-yards out, Catanzaro was iced twice by Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe before splitting the upright as time expired, booking Clemson's ticket to the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 3 in Charlotte.

LOSER: Jimmy Newman

Wake Forest had Death Valley silenced for a moment in the third quarter on Saturday, after the Demon Deacons scored 21 points in a five minute period to take a 28-14 lead on the ninth-ranked Tigers. But while Chandler Catanzaro got his shot at redemption and hit the game-winning field goal, Wake Forest kicker Jimmy Newman has to walk away from a three point loss after missing two field goals, including one from 32 yards in the fourth quarter. There were plenty of other breakdowns - like the defense allowing Tajh Boyd to pick apart the secondary with receivers NOT named Sammy Watkins, or the offenses sudden inability to control the Clemson pass rush - but games this close come down to execution in routine areas like special teams. While still not bowl eligible, Wake Forest was a field goal away from taking the inside track towards their second ACC Championship Game appearance. After failing to pull the upset on Saturday, the Demon Deacons head home needing a win against either Maryland or Vanderbilt to make the postseason.

WINNER: Luke Kuechly

The man they call "Superman" in Chestnut Hill was just that on Saturday in Boston College's 14-10 victory over NC State. While the Eagles were getting no help from their offense in the second half (-2 yards of total offense), the defense stepped up against a relentless Wolfpack squad led by the gunslinging Mike Glennon. All-American linebacker Luke Kuechly recorded 18 tackles int he victory, his 32nd straight game with double digits in tackles.

Not only was Kuechly all over the field making plays, but he was stepping up when his team needed stops the most. Nine of his 18 tackles were recorded in the final 13 minutes of play, as Boston College fought off NC State in a scoreless fourth quarter. Kuechly entered the game as the nation's leading tackler, and his current total of 168 already has him closing in on last season's nation-leading total of 183. Boston College has suffered setbacks in nearly every aspect of the roster, but Kuechly has been the one consistent piece of Frank Spaziani's 2011 unit. How much longer either will last in Chestnut Hill is still unclear, but coaches and fans alike will enjoy every down Kuechly has left this season.

LOSER: Tom O'Brien

After listing the NC State head coach as a winner in Week 10, TOB walks away from Week 11 as one of the losers. O'Brien had all the momentum after winning the on-field and off-field war with in-state rival North Carolina. But Saturday's loss to his former team, Boston College, gives O'Brien naysayers plenty of ammo for the "hot seat" discussion. Not only is O'Brien winless on the road against his former employer, but the Wolfpack have not won an Atlantic Division road game since his arrival in Raleigh.

O'Brien's squads have often been right on the verge of bowl eligibility, but only reaching the postseason twice. For NC State to be bowl eligible this season, they now need to defeat both Clemson and Maryland at home in the next two weeks. If the Wolfpack had been able to win in Chestnut Hill on Saturday, next week's matchup with No. 9 Clemson would not be a must-win. O'Brien's record at NC State is exactly .500 after the loss, and his record against conference opponents is l6-22. The Wolfpack fans love that TOB is undefeated against rival North Carolina, but those wanting to cause a job security stir will have a stronger argument if the Wolfpack miss the postseason for the third time in O'Brien's five years.


WINNERS: Streaky Florida State

The 23-19 win over in-state rival Miami signaled both the end and continuation of streaks for the Seminoles. For the first time since 2005 the home team in the Miami-Florida State rivalry won, with the Seminoles claiming the last home victory six years ago in Tallahassee. But while that streak came to a halt, Florida State extended their current win streak to five games.

Ever since EJ Manuel returned to the starting lineup after suffering a shoulder injury against Oklahoma, the Seminoles have been a completely different team offensively. In the five-game stretch, the 'Noles are averaging 35.4 points per game, and the rotating running back position seems to have settled on freshman Devonta Freeman as the primary back for the future. Unfortunately, the Clemson loss earlier in the season has the Seminoles out of the ACC Atlantic Division race. The work put in now helps improve their bowl bid possibilities and builds for another shot at the ACC with many of these same players in 2012.

LOSER: Maryland's locker room

Things have gone from bad to worse for Maryland, who picked up their sixth straight loss - their eighth in nine games - in the 45-21 loss to Notre Dame at FedEx Field. After a uninspiring effort in their home finale at Byrd Stadium, Maryland donned their "Maryland Pride" uniforms for Saturday's neutral field contest with the Fighting Irish in the home of the Washington Redskins. On Friday, reports of dissension within the Terrapins locker room was confirmed by players - including kicker Nick Ferrara.

"At this point, it's not like two sides of the cafeteria - this side is buying in, this side is not," Ferrara told The Washington Post. "People are keeping it to themselves. No one knows who is going to go [transfer], who is going to stay, who is feeling which way."

The Terrapins suffered yet another setback in the loss to the Irish, with sophomore quarterback Danny O'Brien breaking a bone in "his upper arm" during the third quarter. The 2010 ACC Rookie of the Year has already been ruled out for the final two games of the season. O'Brien's absence leaves sophomore C.J. Brown as the only available scholarship quarterback. The Terps travel to Winston-Salem next week to face Wake Forest before wrapping up the season at NC State at the end of the month.

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Posted on: November 6, 2011 3:30 am
Edited on: November 6, 2011 3:31 am
 

ACC Winners and Losers: Week 10



Posted by Chip Patterson


A handy recap of who really won and who really lost that you won't find in the box score.

WINNER: Tom O'Brien

NC State's head coach entered the rivalry weekend with plenty of buzz around his name. The Wolfpack needed a win to keep bowl eligibility hopes alive, and O'Brien's less-than-stellar record against competition was starting to come up in potential "hot seat" discussions. In addition to that pressure, North Carolina interim head coach Everett Withers and O'Brien made headlines with their verbal sparring on the topics of academics and who is the state's "flagship" school.

Tom O'Brien won the battle with the biggest zinger of them all, a 13-0 shutout of North Carolina in Raleigh. NC State's rush defense stepped up to the task of slowing star freshman Gio Bernard, and their penetration into the backfield made life tough for quarterback Bryn Renner. Renner left the game with "concussion-like symptoms," and the NC State defense just turned up the head on backup quarterback Braden Hanson. It wasn't the prettiest win, but it was a deflating loss for North Carolina. It was Tom O'Brien's funniest joke.

LOSER: North Carolina's offense

The Tar Heels looked uninspired and unemotional on offense in the 13-0 loss to NC State. The scoreless effort was the first for North Carolina this season, and extremely unusual for a team that has scored 20+ points in eight of their first nine contests. The Wolfpack showed up with a plan to stop the rushing attack and pressure sophomore quarterback Bryn Renner. Renner was on the run all afternoon, and was eventually sacked four times for a total loss for 48 yards. After a week of smack talk between the rival schools, North Carolina's failure to show up does not speak well for the future of interim coach Everett Withers. NC State was not able to make the most of great field position all game, but they were able to accomplish enough to escape with the victory. The Tar Heels may be bowl eligible, but Saturday's performance left fans uncertain about North Carolina's immediate future.

WINNER: Virginia's revivial 

For the first time since the 2007, and only the third time since 2005, Virginia is bowl eligible. Mike London's 2011 calendar year will be remembered with a late recruiting surge early, and an impressive improvement in conference play late. After winning just one ACC matchup in 2010, the Cavaliers have started 3-2 in league play with Duke, Florida State, and Virginia Tech left on the schedule. The Wahoos haven't finished .500 or better in conference play since that 2007 Gator Bowl season, and a win over the Blue Devils would at least secure that accomplishment for London. The second-year head coach served as Al Groh's defensive coordinator for that 2007 season, making 2011's success even more sweet.

LOSER: Anyone who watched Florida State-Boston College

Florida State may have walked out of Chestnut Hill with a convincing 38-7 win over Boston College, but very little about the contest was appealing to college football fans. Only 514 total yards of offense and five turnovers between the two teams kept the level of interest at "marginal" through most of the Thursday night game. The game was presumably set for primetime in the thinking that Florida State would be contending for ACC titles and Boston College would be led by Montel Harris ready to stun the Seminoles. But a banged up Eagles squad was outmatched in nearly every aspect of the game on Thursday, Head coach Frank Spaziani will likely have to start addressing job security questions in the week ahead, as the seventh loss makes Boston College ineligible for the postseason for the first time in 12 seasons.

WINNER: Miami offense

Jacory Harris spoke on the topic of needing consistency after the Hurricanes fell to Virginia at home last Thursday. Miami was consistent on offense against Duke in the 49-14 win on Saturday - consistently scoring touchdowns when they touched the ball. Harris led the Hurricanes to touchdowns on their first five drives of the game, and finished with scores on seven of the nine times they touched the ball.

Some of the success is due to the competition, but Miami's execution on offense was a result of a full game plan that might as well have been called "bounce back." Al Golden's squad looked sharper on offense, defense, and in the special teams after embarrassing themselves on national television in the loss to Virginia. In addition to Lamar Miller breaking the 1,000 yard mark on the season, junior wide receiver Tommy Streeter caught his eight touchdown pass of the season. The score pulls Streeter into a tie for second place in the ACC, and ranks him among the Top 15 receivers nationally in that category. Miami just needs one more win to become bowl eligible. With Florida State, South Florida, and Boston College left on the schedule, the expectation is that Golden will have this squad in the postseason by December.

LOSER: Maryland's fan support

A disappointing season has come to an end, at least for the Maryland fans in Byrd Stadium. The Terrapins "celebrated" their Senior Day on Saturday with a 31-13 loss to Virginia to close out the home schedule. After trailing by only one point at halftime, the Terps failed to score in the second half and gave up 300+ passing yards to once of the ACC's least consistent quarterbacks. Virginia's Michael Rocco completed 23 of 36 passes for 307 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Perry Jones added 139 yards rushing in the 527 yard offensive effort. I would suggest the performance might be enough for Maryland fans to have good reason for concern, but judging by the attendance it looks like the fan base is already plenty concerned. Noon kickoffs can be tough for ACC fans, but on a Senior Day this kind of showing (picture taken 10 minutes before kickoff) is pretty disappointing.



WINNERS: Lamar Miller and Gio Bernard

While Bernard struggled to meet his usual production against a well-prepared NC State defense, there was the small victory of him passing the 1,000 yard mark on the season. Miami running back Lamar Miller also accomplished that feat on Saturday, though he enjoyed the celebration of a 49-14 win over Duke. Bernard is the first 1,000 yard rusher form North Carolina since Jonathan Linton broke that mark in 1997. The redshirt freshman has played banged up the last several weeks, though continues to take the field. The Wolfpack held him to just 47 yards on 18 carries, his second-lowest output of the season. Miller, on the other hand, picked up 147 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 20-carry effort against the Blue Devils. Miller is the first Hurricane to break the 1,000-yard mark since Willis McGahee in 2002.

LOSER: Wake Forest 2nd half offense

Credit the Demon Deacons for putting themselves in a position to knock off Notre Dame in the first-ever meeting of the two schools. But Wake Forest's inability to produce a single point in the second half kept them from picking up that all-important sixth win on Saturday night. Twice Wake Forest had the ball at the Notre Dame 10-yard-line in the second half, but those opportunities ended in a Brandon Pendergrass fumble and David Newman missed field goal. There were opportunities all over the place for Wake Forest, who led 17-10 at halftime. They played well against the top-caliber competition, but the Demon Deacons needed four quarters of solid play from the offense to emerge victorious.

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Posted on: October 22, 2011 6:34 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Virginia Tech 30, Boston College 14

Posted by Chip Patterson

VIRGINIA TECH WON. The Hokies trailed 7-6 after a painfully slow first half that featured 10 combined punts and no offensive consistency on either side. But early in the third quarter David Wilson kickstarted Virginia Tech and the Hokies pulled away late to a 30-14 victory in front of their Homecoming crowd in Blacksburg. Wilson entered the game as the nations fifth-leading rusher (129.00 yards per game) and 100+ second half yards helped him continue that pace with 134 yards on the day

HOW VIRGINIA TECH WON: Wilson and quarterback Logan Thomas were able to open things up offensively with the read and option attack. Thomas began making great reads on the Boston College defenders, and a pitch to David Wilson on an option play led to a 42-yard touchdown to get things going for the Hokies. As Boston College tried to answer for the ground game, Thomas got comfortable in the pocket and improved his accuracy throwing the ball as the game progressed. Boston College found a way to answer, finally pulling off their first 10+ play scoring drive in the middle of the fourth quarter to cut Virginia Tech's lead to 13. But between Wilson's 100-yard second half and a fourth quarter Boston College fumble, there was just too much Hokies in the second half.

WHEN VIRGINIA TECH WON: After David Wilson scored Virginia Tech's first touchdown on that 42 yard run, Boston College had arguably one of their best drives of the game. Running back Andre Williams, plagued by a bad ankle for much of the season, had a couple nice runs and the Eagles made it into Virginia Tech territory. Quarterback Chase Rettig dropped back to pass from the 22 yard line, and his attempt into the red zone was picked off by Tariq Edwards at the 11. Logan Thomas got it going through the air on the next drive, scoring another touchdown to extend the Hokies' lead for good..

WHAT VIRGINIA TECH WON: The Hokies showed significant improvement once conference play began. Outside of the Miami game, their defense has been solid most of the season despite suffering numerous injuries to key players. But it has only been in recent weeks the Hokies' offense has been able to force the issue against their opponents. The first half was a red flag for Virginia Tech fans, with the stagnant offense looking very similar to the unit that struggled to score against ECU, but the second half eased those concerns as the effective ground game helped set up Thomas with open targets downfield.

WHAT BOSTON COLLEGE LOST: A great opportunity to steal a much-needed win on the road. The Eagles have not won a conference game yet, and if their first came in Blacksburg it would be a fine memory in a season many Boston College fans would like to forget.

THAT WAS CRAZY: Of all the things that have gone wrong for Boston College, Luke Kuechly continues to amaze with his ability to make plays on the ball. The All-American linebacker continued his now-standard-issue production, with an unofficial count of 19 tackles in the loss. Kuechly entered the game as the nation's leading tackler, and likely will hold that position after his performance.



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Posted on: October 6, 2011 6:53 pm
Edited on: October 6, 2011 6:53 pm
 

Montel Harris 'shut down,' faces uncertain future

Posted by Chip Patterson

Things just can't seem to go Boston College's way this season. ACC Preaseason Player of the Year Montel Harris has been "shut down," after re-injuring his left knee against in Saturday's 27-19 loss to Wake Forest.

"Montel had an MRI and he had a little swelling so we are shutting him down," head coach Frank Spaziani explained on Wednesday. "I haven't had time to discuss with Montel, but he isn't playing this week and next week we have off."

Harris was looking forward to the opportunity to write his name in the school and conference record books, staring down the top spot in career rushing yards at both levels. The senior missed the first three games of the season after undergoing his second arthroscopic knee surgery in a year before finally getting his first snaps against Massachusetts on Sept. 24.

Saturday's conference matchup against the Demon Deacons was Harris' first full load, and he delivered yet another 100-yard performance. Unfortunately, it was his final run of the game - one that made him Boston College's all-time leading rusher - where Harris re-injured that surgically repaired knee.

Making matters worse for the Eagles is the nagging ankle injury to backup running back Andre Williams. There are no certainties to Williams' availability for Saturday's showdown with No. 8 Clemson, leaving Deuce Finch and Tajh Kimble as the only remaining options in the backfield.

After a strong finish to 2010, the Eagles had high hopes for this season. But injuries and mistakes have plagued the team in their 1-4 start, and they haven't even hit the hardest stretch of their schedule. They only have next week's buy to break up a three road games against Clemson, Virginia Tech, and Maryland before returning home to face No. 23 Florida State on a Thursday night.

There are many (this blogger included) who believed the Eagles would ride the momentum of 2010's finish and utilize the four winnable home games at the start of 2011 to return to the postseason. But with arguably the easiest half of the schedule completed, it is going to take yet another miraculous turnaround for Boston College to be bowling once again.

The coaching staff is likely going to have to make some tough decisions regarding Montel Harris as well. With only two games of action, there is the possibility that Harris could apply for a medical hardship and return in 2012 for his final year of eligibility.

Shutting down your best player for the season could be viewed as a surrender on 2011 by the staff, and send a terrible message through the Boston College locker room. But if the chances of another re-injury are high enough at this point in the season, it might be best option. Not just for the future of the team, but most importantly for Harris' playing future.

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Posted on: September 16, 2011 11:50 am
Edited on: September 16, 2011 11:51 am
 

Montel Harris (knee) questionable for ACC opener

Posted by Chip Patterson

It's time for your weekly Montel Harris injury update, and once again it doesn't look promising for Boston College fans.

Harris, the ACC's Preseason Player of the Year, has been slowly making his way back to the field after undergoing his second arthroscopic knee surgery in a year. Early prognosis after the procedure had him missing two games and returning to the field for the Eagles' ACC opener against Duke on Saturday in Chestnut Hill. Harris is officially listed as "doubtful" on the Boston College injury report, and head coach Frank Spaziani is starting to question his availability for the rest of the season.

Again, it just seems to be more bad news for the Eagles' offense. With offensive coordinator Kevin Rogers taking a leave of absence for health reasons, and Ifeanyi Momah suffering a potential season-ending knee injury, Boston College cannot seem to catch a break. The inability to find the end zone has the Eagles ranked 110th nationally in points scored, not a great trend heading into their ACC opener against quarterback Sean Renfree and the Blue Devils offense.

It is possible that Boston College could choose to redshirt Harris, and save his last season of eligibility for 2011. Harris has made his way back to the practice field several times since undergoing the surgery, and has expressed his intentions of playing to the media for several weeks. But it seems that every time the senior running back tries out the injured knee, he gets shut down by the training staff. Without Harris, the load will once again be on the shoulders of sophomore running back Andre Williams. Williams has rushed for 173 yards and two touchdowns so far this season, but his intended role for 2011 was meant to be a compliment to Harris as the senior chased down the ACC rushing record.

As each week passes the chances of that record being broken, and the 0-2 Eagles returning to the postseason, seem to be dwindling.

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Posted on: September 12, 2011 4:44 pm
 

Boston College OC Rogers taking leave of absence

Posted by Chip Patterson

Boston College offensive coordinator Kevin Rogers will take a leave of absence for health reasons, the school announced on Monday.

Rogers, in his first year on Frank Spaziani's staff, will being his leave immediately and be out indefinitely. Tight ends coach Dave Brock will be promoted to acting offensive coordinator and coach the quarterbacks. Rogers' previous stop was quarterbacks coach for the Minnesota Vikings and he assumed those duties as well when he arrived in Chestnut Hill.

"Our football program operates as a family unit, and we are totally supportive of Kevin," Spaziani said in the official release. "I would like to ask our fans and followers to support Kevin and respect his privacy. I have the utmost confidence in Dave Brock, and we will begin the transition immediately."

Boston College's offense has been crippled by injury, with 2010's leading rusher Montel Harris still not available (knee), and 2011's leading receiver Ifeanyi Momah out for the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury in the opener. The unit's inability to put points on the board has them ranked 110th nationally in points scored, and is a point of immediate emphasis heading into the Eages' conference opener against Duke on Saturday.
Posted on: September 12, 2011 2:58 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2011 3:00 pm
 

Kuechly consistent for injury-plagued Eagles

Posted by Chip Patterson

Expectations have shifted significantly for the 2011 Boston College football team. After winning their final five regular season games, and returning Preseason ACC Player of the Year Montel Harris, the Eagles were picked to finish third in the ACC Atlantic Division and were even suggested by some as a division title dark horse. But heading into the Eagles' conference opener against Duke, the story of the season has been much more about the injury report than the action on the field.

Which is unfortunate, because All-American linebacker Luke Kuechly has not slowed down one bit. His 158 tackles in 2009 set an NCAA record for a freshman and ranked second nationally. In 2010 he led the nation in tackles with 183 - Washington's Mason Foster was second with 162. Two weeks into the 2011 season Luke Kueckly - to no one's surprise - leads the nation in tackles (35).

Kuechly's statistics only compliment what anyone could recognize on tape. The junior has an incredible sense for where the ball is going, and his closing speed is among the best for a player of his size and position. He'll credit those skills to hard work in the film room, but there is an instinctive sense in Kuechly's game that makes him a truly special player.

Kuechly's game has rubbed off on sophomore linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis, who has recorded 23 tackles in the Eagles' two losing efforts. Pierre-Louis was tapped as a player poised to breakout in 2011, and so far he has shown many of the same playmaking tendencies as his All-American teammate.

But an impressive linebacking corps will not be enough to fix Boston College's issues. Head coach Frank Spaziani is not one for coachspeak, but the only way for the Eagles to bounce back from their rocky start is to embrace the "next man up" mentality. Running back Andre Williams has certainly put forth a strong effort in the absence of Montel Harris. With Harris slowly returning to the field after his second arthroscopic knee surgery in a year, Williams has rushed 34 times for 174 yards (5.1 ypc) and a pair of touchdowns in two games.

But Boston College needs one of their wide receivers to step up and replace Ifeanyi Momah, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opener against Northwestern. The lack of a passing game was the most glaring weakness in Boston College's 30-3 loss to UCF on Saturday. Momah caught eight passes for 171 yards against the Wildcats before his injury, but still remains the season leader in both categories after two games. Rettig only completed 10 of 23 attempts against the Knights, and never was able to get in sync with his receivers downfield.

That Boston College defense did not allow a touchdown for three quarters, but the Knights were given plenty of opportunities with BC only converting 1-of-12 third downs. We are only two weeks into the season, and Eagles fans know as well as anyone that Boston College can bounce back from a rough start. But with the injury bug plaguing both sides of the ball, the Eagles need to look to their linebackers for some inspiration.

Kuechly wasn't even supposed to start as a freshman in 2009. But Mark Herzlich was forced to miss the season due to Ewing's sarcoma, the Cincinnati-native stepped in and thrived as the "next man up." Now the onus is on the current underclassmen to do the same, as Boston College tries to rebound from a dreadful start.
Posted on: September 9, 2011 9:33 am
Edited on: September 9, 2011 9:33 am
 

Boston College RB Harris (knee) ruled out for UCF

Posted by Chip Patterson

Boston College got off to a rocky start in their season opener, turning the ball over on downs twice in the fourth quarter on the way to a 24-17 loss to Northwestern. Preseason ACC Player of the Year Montel Harris sat out the contest as he continues to recover from arthroscopic knee surgery. Harris told reporters he hoped he could be ready for the trip to face UCF this Saturday in primetime, but Frank Spaziani ruled the star running back out on Thursday.

Harris spent two days practicing in pads this week, but sat out on Thursday. His replacement, sophomore Andre Williams, looked sharp in Harris' absence and will be called on to step up again. Williams totaled 114 yards on 22 carries with a pair of touchdowns, but was unable to help as the Eagles offense constantly faced 2nd and 3rd downs with long distances on their fourth quarter drives.

The Eagles have battled health issues all fall, and things got immensely worse for the offense with wide receiver Ifeanyi Momah suffering a season-ending knee injury against the Wildcats. The 6-foot-6 senior had eight catches for 157 yards in the opener, leading many to believe he could be that go-to answer sophomore quarterback Chase Rettig never had in 2010.

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