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Crane vows to Improve

Posted by Mark Blaudschun, Globe Staff  September 25, 2008 04:13 PM

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Chris Crane is still the starting quarterback for Boston College, but the fifth year senior knows that he will have to upgrade his game if the Eagles are going to make it through the heart of the Atlantic Coast Conference season.

"I would say my performance was average at best,'' said Crane in assessing what he did in the first part of the Eagle season which will continue Saturday afternoon against Rhode Island at Alumni Stadium. "It was not what I wanted. I didn't come out and start throwing 300 yard games. I know I can play better, I will play better.I have to play better.''

Crane's stats after three games: 455 yards passing, 2 TDs, 5 interceptions, including 3 last week in a 34-7 win over Central Florida. He also has 4 TDs rushing.

Crane is not going to do it by himself at QB. BC coach Jeff Jagodzinski said that he will continue with his plan of getting back up QB Dominique Davis between 15 and 20 snaps a game, which means at least a few series each week. "We're going to get into the flow of the game where we want to put him in the second quarter or third series,'' said Jagodzinski, who said he will also determine the flow of the game in using Davis in other situations.

Davis said he was pleased with his debut in last week's win over Central Florida, which began slowly, with the Eagles trailing 7-3 at halfime.

"I thought I did good for my debut,'' said Davis, who played two series in the first half, one planned and the other more as a spontaneous way to get the Eagle offense Davis also threw the first TD of his career in the second half after the Eagles had the game under control.

His role will continue to be increased as Jagodzinski not only prepares Davis for next season, but has a QB ready if Crane should be injured or fail to be productive on offense.

BC and Rhode Island will meet for the first time since 1917...BC defense continues to lead the way for the Eagles. The unit is in the Top 25 in 10 different defensive categories...Eagles are allowing an average of 8.7 ppg, which is seventh in the country and second in the ACC.LB Brian Toal is back in his work horse mode. He leads the Eagles in tackles with 27 (3 for losses) and he has carried the ball 7 times for 16 yards in short goal line and first down situations.

BC campus has a special buzz. Bruce Springsteen, whose son Evan is a freshman at the Heights, is expected to attend the game against Rhode Island on Parents Weekend at BC...Eagles have a 19 game winning streak in non-conference games, dating back to 2004. It is No. 1 in the country. LSU is No. 2 with a 16 game non-conference winning streak...Rhode Island comes into the game with a 1-3 record following a 23-20 loss to Hofstra last week. Ram QB comes into the game with a streak of more than 200 yards passing in each of the URI's first four games...Rams aren't expected to win against BC, but they will leave with some extra cash, earning a payout of approximately $250,000 for their journey into the world of FBS football...Weather could be a factor, with rain expected to be part of the game scene tomorrow afternoon...Unveiling of statute of former BC QB Doug Flutie outside of Gate D at Alumni Stadium will be on Nov. 7, the day before the Eagles game against Notre Dame. Statute is currently in St. Louis...With rain in forecast, Eagles went into their wet ball drills, with moist balls being used throughout the practice.

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