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Eagles conduct final scrimmage

Posted by Mark Blaudschun, Globe Staff  August 17, 2008 06:01 PM

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The Boston College football team wrapped up one part of training camp today, conducting its final scrimmage of summer camp with another vanilla performance from the offense and a more low key approach from the defense.

"I would have liked to seen more intensity,'' said BC coach Jeff Jagodzinski, who said he was as interested in coming out of training camp healthy as anything he could see in a scrimmage. "This was our last live scrimmage, because I want to make sure my team is in a healthy state going into the (season opener on August 30th) Kent State game.That's my first priority.''

With that in mind, the Eagles were also cautious with who played yesterday "We had a bunch of guys out,'' said Jagodzinski, who watched a scrimmage in which defensive tackle Ron Brace and linebackers, Brian Toal and Mike McLaughlin all did not participate. Toal, in fact, was not even on the sidelines during the scrimmage. On offense, starting wide receiver Rich Gunnell did not play.

With three defensive starters missing, the offense looked better than it di. d in last week's scrimmage, especially cutting down the turnovers. While starting QB Chris Crane threw on touchdown pass, he only had one late interception.
""We ran the ball well and we're making progress,'' said Crane, who completed 10 of 20 passes for 66 yards, "Each day we're getting better. We just have to get better every day.''
The Eagles did run the ball better as freshman running back Josh Haden picked up 52 yards in 8 carries ,including one 22 yard burst which set up an 8 yard TD pass from Crane to Brandon Robinson.

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Jagodzinski was not happy with his field goal kickers as Billy Bennett missed a 37 yard field goal attempt and Steve Aponavicius missed a point after attempt, l although he did convert field goal attempts of 38 and 16 yards."I'm disappointed in our kickers,'' said Jagodzinski. ""Maybe we'll have to go for it on fourth down every time unless we are inside the 15 But I am happy with our kickoffs (Bennett).

Jagodzinski also liked the way freshman Ryan Quigley was punting the ball....Jagodzinski also announced that freshman offensive tackle Patrick Neumann had left the team and left school for personnel reasons. "We gave him some time, but he won';t be back,'' said Jagodinzki...Eagles will start putting in game plan for Kent State this week and also start working on the game plan for Georgia Tech (home opener Sept. 6) because Jagodzinski wants more time for the Eagles to prepare for new Tech coach Paul Johnson's option offense.

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