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BC kicker Bennett suspended

Posted by Mark Blaudschun, Globe Staff  October 30, 2008 04:00 PM

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Boston College sophomore kicker Billy Bennett has been suspended, meaning senior Steve Aponavicius's role will increase significantly.

"Billy Bennett has been suspended indefinitely for violation of team rules,'' said Jagodzinski before practice this afternoon. "And that's all that I will say about it.''

Bennett and Aponavicius had shared the Eagles' kicking duties this season, with Bennett handling most of the kickoff duties and Aponavicius kicking the field goals.

Although Jagodzinski had designated Bennett as his "long range'' kicker, the 6-foot-1-inch, 204-pound sophomore had yet to even attempt a field goal, while Aponavicius handled the short range kicks (7 of 10, his longest coming from 36 yards) and the extra-point attempts.

Bennett, who had a back problem which sidelined him for a stretch last season, had made all but one kickoff this season, but had only three touchbacks. That had been an issue for Jagodzinski last season as he looked for better field three position for his defensive unit.

Aponavicius said he was ready to handle his expanded duties.

"I think I can get the ball down there consistently,'' said Aponavicius. "I've done it before and I can do it again.''

The Eagles will be down two more players for the game against Clemson. Defensive tackle Jerry Willette injured his left knee in last week's 45-24 loss to North Carolina. He had arthroscopic surgery Monday and will miss the game.

Also, redshirt freshman guard John Elliott is out with a disc problem in his back, which could require surgery. He had an operation on the same disc last season.

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