10/01/2010 - After going through a bye week before the Virginia Tech game hoping the play and confidence of quarterback Dave Shinskie would continue to improve, the Eagles saw Shinskie at the helm for the first time the program had been shut out in 149 games. Exit Shinskie and enter either fellow sophomore Mike Marscovetra or true freshman Chase Rettig. "Mike and Chase will compete for the job and we'll make a decision at the end of the week," BC coach Frank Spaziani announced Sunday. Marscovetra has relieved Shinskie for parts of all three games, the first two in the second quarter, the third in the second half. He is 8-for-13 for 92 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Rettig still hasn't appeared in a game. The hope had been to have him redshirt the season but it looks like that might not happen now.
09/27/2010 - QB Dave Shinskie was 11-for-25 for 130 yards and two interceptions before being pulled in the second half of Saturday's 19-0 loss to Virginia Tech. One of the picks was in the Tech end zone on third-and-10 from the Hokie 10. Shinskie tried to force the ball in, as he often does. He made some good throws, and came up a yard short of the goal line as time ran out in the first half, but this was not a positive performance, with the coaching staff hoping for more after an extra week of preparation. "He's a good quarterback (but) on film we see that he kinda folds a little bit under pressure," said Virginia Tech cornerback Jayron Hosley, who picked off Shinskie in the first half. "We wanted to put pressure on him and make those plays ... we were kinda on edge and waiting for those big-time plays to come and they did." Sunday, Shinskie lost his starting job, with fellow sophomore Mike Marscovetra and true freshman Chase Rettig set to battle for the start against Notre Dame. Rettig would lose his redshirt season if he plays. Shinskie's reaction after Saturday's game?? "I think I should be the starting quarterback. There's a lot of stuff that goes into being a starting quarterback and I think I have that." Sunday, all that changed.
09/26/2010 - Boston College coach Frank Spaziani says he will start a new quarterback next week against Notre Dame. Mike Marscovetra or Chase Rettig will start for the Eagles in place of David Shinskie. The announcement came after Saturday's 19-0 home loss to Virginia Tech, which was the first shutout against Boston College in 149 games since 1998. Shinskie, the 26-year-old sophomore and former minor league pitcher, was 11 for 25 for 130 yards and two interceptions before being replaced by Marscovetra. The two were sacked six times, and Spaziani said not all of the sacks were the fault of the offensive line. - AP Sports
09/23/2010 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB David Shinskie was better in the second half against Kent State, but this is Virginia Tech. Mike Marscovetra missed the chance against Kent to take over the offense, but could get a look if Shinskie has his third consecutive stumble out of the gate.
09/11/2010 - Dave Shinskie returned after being taken out in the first half and threw a pair of third-quarter touchdown passes, and Boston College took advantage of five Kent State turnovers to win 26-13 on Saturday. The Eagles led 6-3 when Shinskie threw a 23-yard strike through traffic to Bobby Swigert. After Kent State returner Dri Archer fumbled a punt at his own 31-yard line, Shinskie threw across the field into the front corner of the end zone and Clyde Lee brought it down to give the Eagles a 20-6 lead. Boston College (2-0) has beaten Kent State in three straight seasons by a combined score of 81-20; last year, the Golden Flashes didn't get across midfield until the fourth quarter. Kent State (1-1) had two fumbles and three interceptions and ran for 4 net yards with starting running back and punt returner Eugene Jarvis out with a groin injury. - AP Sports
09/09/2010 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: David Shinskie, now a 26-year-old sophomore, started the 2010 season by taking a delay of game penalty, then lining up behind a guard before correcting himself and throwing an interception on the first play. But this offense remains about Montel Harris and the huge offensive line. Harris is one of the best running backs in the country and, barring injury, will own BC's all-time rushing record by the end of this season, as a junior. BC coach Frank Spaziani saw improvement in Shinskie, but not enough to be fully pleased. Now, the Eagles face a second straight lesser opponent before Virginia Tech and Notre Dame come calling.
09/09/2010 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Boston College vs. Kent State, Sept. 11 - The strong FCS opponent (Weber State) is replaced by a weak FBS foe as Kent State of the Mid-American Conference comes calling for what should be BC's second straight win. The Eagles have corrections to make and this might be a good time to do that, what with Virginia Tech and Notre Dame coming to the Heights the next two weeks. The Eagles are 17 1/2-point favorites to go to 2-0. KEYS TO THE GAME: Focus. The Eagles have two big games coming up and need to be up for this lesser foe. BC coach Frank Spaziani made it clear after the opening win over Weber State that his team had work to do and is clearly hoping to prove the adage that the biggest improvement a football team will make comes between Weeks 1 and 2. PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB David Shinskie - The 25-year-old freshman is now a 26-year-old sophomore and had two interceptions in the opener, one on the first play of the season. He is being pushed by fellow soph Mike Marscovetra, who is again expected to get playing time this week.
09/06/2010 - STILL NEEDS WORK: BC coach Frank Spaziani came in worrying about his defensive line and left feeling the same way. Quarterback David Shinskie had his first pass of the year picked off and completed 50 percent of his passes, adding another pick. "I saw improvement. I didn't see as much improvement as I would have liked to have seen," Spaziani said of the 26-year-old sophomore. Redshirt freshman kicker Nate Freeze had a kickoff go out of bounds. The defense had trouble getting off the field against a 1-AA opponent, with Weber State running 86 plays to BC's 56. "We need a lot of work," Spaziani said, "but it was a good way to start and something to build on (so) that we can go forward."
09/01/2010 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Boston College vs. Weber State, Sept. 4 - This was supposed to be BC-Hofstra, but Hofstra dropped football so Weber State becomes the 1-AA opponent for this season. If the Eagles struggle in this game, the campaign could be a grind. KEYS TO THE GAME: As is usually the case when a 1-A faces a 1-AA, the 1-A has to show up and play, and this, the first of four straight home games to start the season for the Eagles, will be an easy win that should also allow to coaches to get a further look at younger players. PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB David Shinskie - The 25-year-old freshman becomes the 26-year-old sophomore, and he kept the starting job after a camp battle with three others. "He's still only a sophomore in terms of experience," said BC coach Frank Spaziani. Shinksie threw 15 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions as a freshman.
09/01/2010 - QB David Shinskie on being named the starter: "It gives me a big boost. Just like last year when they gave me the chance to start against Wake Forest. I took it and I ran with it. That's what I'm looking forward to doing this year -- running this offense the way it's supposed to be run, and I'm just glad I get the chance to run out on the field first in the first game."
08/27/2010 - Baseball player turned quarterback Dave Shinskie has been chosen as the starter for Boston College. Coach Frank Spaziani chose the sophomore for the season opener Sept. 4 at home against Weber State. Shinskie began last season as a 25-year-old freshman after seven years in professional baseball. He never reached the majors after being drafted as a right-handed pitcher in the fourth round in 2003 by the Minnesota Twins. Shinskie started 10 games last year. He competed with sophomore Mike Marscovetra and freshmen Chase Rettig and Josh Bordner for the No. 1 job this season. Last year he threw for 2,049 yards and 15 touchdowns, both school freshman records. He completed 149 of 288 passes with 14 interceptions. - AP Sports