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Between The Goal Posts: BC QB situation remains uncertain

Posted by Mark Blaudschun, Globe Staff  August 15, 2009 08:10 PM

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No quarterback emerged as the obvious leader tonight in Boston College's first scrimmage of the summer, which means that Eagles coach Frank Spaziani will have to study tapes and make a decision based on film, experience and a feeling that someone will come out of the pack of four before the Eagles season-opener against Northeastern in three weeks

Although 25-year old freshman David Shinskie was thought to be the front-runner going into the scrimmage, neither he nor any of his competition established themselves as a clear-cut favorite.

In fact, no one seemed to emerge at all.

Shinskie, a former minor league pitcher who last played a competitive game of football six years ago when he was in high school in Central Pennsylvania, showed as much rust as talent.

His first pass of the scrimmage was tipped and intercepted by defensive end Max Holloway, who returned it 6 yards for a touchdown. His final numbers for the evening were 3 of 8 for 22 yards and one interception.

Redshirt freshman Justin Tuggle, who started the scrimmage, was sacked and threw an interception in his first few series. He was 2 of 6 for 9 yards and an interception. Junior Codi Boek fumbled and was sacked in his first two series. He completed 4 of 6 passes for 15 yards.

And true freshman Michael Marscovetra, who seemed to be the most effective in his first offensive series, was also picked off. His numbers: 5 of 6 for 45 yards.

All of that did not provide much positive feedback for the coaches to make a decision.

""If you have four, you don't have any,'' Spaziani after the scrimmage. "We have to have a meeting of the minds. We'll take this and digest it. We have to relay on our experience. We'll look at the tapes and talk about and make a decision and go with it. It's not as clear cut as you like. But we have to go with it.''

The decision will be made by tomorrow morning. By the time the Eagles resume practice, a soft depth chart will be in place.

Overall, Spaziani also had a difficult time finding a positive spin. "There wasn't too much too like,'' he conceded.

With the next scrimmage scheduled for Wednesday and the opener against Northeastern three weeks from yesterday, a decision will have to be made quickly. Absent anyone stepping out yesterday, the leader is still likely to be Shinskie, who will have to grow into the job quickly.

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Kicker Steve Aponavicius made two of three field goals, missing from 32 yards and making kicks from 40 and 27 yards. Ryan Quigley missed two field goals from 42 yards and 32 yards . . . Wide receiver Clarence Megwa missed the scrimmage with a finger injury. He is expected to be out for a few more days . . . Running back Jeff Smith (back) and defensive end Jim Ramella (burner) did not participate . . . The Eagles resume practice this morning and will have their first day off Thursday . . . Running back Josh Haden led the rushers with 32 carries in 5 carries.

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