It's decision time at quarterback for Boston College coach Frank Spaziani.
The official word won't come until Sunday when BC releases its depth chart for next week's opening game against Northeastern. Spaz said that the Eagles most likely will use two QBs vs. Northeastern and have three in the mix each week in practice.
But in what has become a game of musical chairs among BC's four quarterbacks -- David Shinskie, Michael Marscovetra, Codi Boek and Justin Tuggle -- the question is which three QBs, and in which order.
Here's our guess (and until we see it written in pencil, at least, in the depth chart it is very much a guess):
1. Shinskie. He's 25 and the most mature QB in terms of life experiences -- seven years in minor league baseball will do that to a guy. But, as Spaz said, he's a raw freshman from a football standpoint.
When he arrived at BC in June, he was almost anointed the starter. Only problem is he hasn't shown anything special, yet. Two more problems: No one else has either and now Shinskie is recovering from cracked ribs. Spaz says if Shinskie is cleared to practice, he will be in the mix. We think if he's cleared to play, he will play as one of the two QBs.
2. Tuggle. He's made the most improvement from the start of training camp. Not sure if Spaz is ready to hand him the keys to the car yet, but he has shown flashes and, in controlled situations, he can do some things.
3. Marscovetera. Five months ago he was finishing his senior year at Indian Hills High School in New Jersey. He was lightly recruited and came to BC with little expectations. Guess what folks, the kid can play But he is the rawest of rookies. Spaz would like to be able to redshirt him for a season, but says that he will take it on a week-to-week basis. If he senses a speeding up in maturity, he might get into the mix this season.
4. Boek. Boek is the only QB with any kind of collegiate experience (in junior college two years ago) at the position. He has also shown leadership qualities that Spaz likes. His passing skills are still in question and he hasn't stepped ahead of the pack either. He will play this season, but it might be on special teams or in a different role.
So there you have it. Our guess is that the two-headed QB for Northeastern will be Shinskie and Tuggle (or Tuggle and Boek, if Shinskie is out). Again, its strictly a guess, but let the games begin.
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