Boston College linebacker Brian Toal said he will be forced to sit out this season because of his injured right shoulder.
"I met with [coach Jeff Jagodzinski] last week . . . and we both agreed it would be best for everyone if I were to redshirt this upcoming season," Toal told the website Eagle Action.
Toal's father, Greg, supported the decision: "He needs to get 100 percent healthy and come back for his senior season next fall. It just makes the most sense."
Toal has endured a series of shoulder and neck injuries, and had a torn labrum in his right shoulder repaired in March. The senior, who has been rehabbing all summer, has been at Eagles practices this week.
By redshirting, Toal will have two options at season's end: Return to BC for the '08 season or declare himself eligible for the NFL draft.
"We could [declare for the draft], I guess, but I would say that's a long shot right now," said Greg Toal. "The plan is to get Brian as healthy so he can play next fall."
Jagodzinski had planned to wait until just before the season started to make the official announcement. But yesterday the player stated what everyone had been thinking.
"I'm just not going to be healthy [this season] and we felt it would make more sense if I were to sit out the season, get to 100 percent, and come back for my fifth year," Toal told Eagle Action.