Boston College Eagles

FBS RankingOffenseDefense
Rushing149.1 (96th)108.5 (7th)
Passing143.8 (120th)205.6 (33rd)

Eagles report: Strategy and personnel

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Strategy and personnel · Inside slant · Notes, quotes

The Eagles came out in the opener against a weaker opponent and did what they had to do. Freshman LB Luke Kuechly had a strong debut, and many of the other young players looked strong against Northeastern.

The quarterback situation is a work in progress, with no clear-cut leader. This BC team needs experience and having two weaker opponents is the perfect way to start Frank Spaziani's first year as a head coach. Spaziani wasn't thrilled with the push of his offensive line in the opener. "We need to be better," he said Sunday. "Looking at our technique and how we performed, we need to get more precise if we're going to move forward." What he meant was this BC team will live and die with its running game.


--Freshman RB Rolandan Finch made his college debut with 60 yards and a touchdown on seven carries in the win over Northeastern.

--LB Mark Herzlich, who will miss at least this season with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, is back in school and vowing to return for the 2010 season. He will be with the team all season, including road games, providing inspiration and teaching as he continues treatment.

--QB David Shinskie, a candidate for the quarterback job, was slowed by a cracked rib suffered in a fall scrimmage but was able to play in the opener. His first play was a 12-yard completion that gained another 15 yards on a roughing-the-passer penalty.

--QB Mike Marscovetra, a true freshman, normally would be redshirted but is No. 3 on the depth chart and played in the opener.

--WR Billy Flutie had his first career touchdown catch.

--P Ryan Quigley, who is also kicking off, averaged 49.4 yards on five punts.

--RB Montel Harris had a career-long 48-yard run for a touchdown on the firs play from scrimmage.

--WR Ifeanyi Momah suffered a knee injury in practice in late August and missed the opener.

--WR Clarence Megwa, who came back from a terrible broken leg injury, injured his finger against Northeastern but was at practice Sunday.

--LS Jack Geiser was suspended for the opener for a violation of team rules but will be back for Kent State. "I checked his room. He cleaned up everything," Spaziani quipped. "He had done his homework, with his summer reading."

--S Okechukwu Okoroha left with an arm injury that wasn't considered serious.

--OT Rich Lapham missed the opener with a neck injury but was expected back for Kent State.

--LBs Mike McLaughlin (Achilles) and Will Thompson (shoulder) were out and not expected to play in Game 2.

--OTs Kaleb Ramsey was out with an ankle injury.

--LB Dominick LeGrande, who moved from safety, started along with redshirt freshman Alexander DiSanzo, who had suffered a shoulder injury in practice. DiSanzo made a tackle in the end zone for BC's first safety since Oct. 12, 2006.

--FB James McCluskey, also down with an Achilles, was out indefinitely and there is still a chance he won't play this season.

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