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Defense dominates in BC's final scrimmage

Posted by Mark Blaudschun, Globe Staff  August 24, 2011 06:03 PM

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For the first time this summer, the Boston College defense completely shut down the offense in today's fourth and final scrimmage of training camp, with the offense failing to produce a touchdown.

The star of the afternoon was former walk-on safety/wide receiver Hampton Hughes. The 6-foot-3-inch junior came to BC as a preferred walk-on (invited to camp) three years ago, was awarded a scholarship after the spring game in April, and was moved to safety by BC coach Frank Spaziani two weeks ago to fill what Spaziani felt was a need.

This afternoon, Hughes, playing with the first-team defense, picked off one pass, and broke up two more. Spaziani said after the scrimmage that Hughes was very much in the mix to earn a starting spot for next week's opener against Northwestern.

Starting QB Chase Rettig completed 20 of 28 passes for 171 yards, but he did not throw a TD and was picked off four times...The offense was curtailed by the absence of the two top running backs in Montel Harris (knee) and Andre Williams (ankle). Harris will miss at least the first two games, while Williams expects to be back next week for the opener...Some of the injured players on defense, such as lineman Nate Ramsey, returned to action yesterday, but offensive guard Nate Richman (back) did not return. Also missing was starting cornerback Donnie Fletcher (back)...Freshman defensive back Spenser Rositano (concussion) was held out of the scrimmage but could be back by Sunday when game prep for Northwestern gets serious...Wide receiver Colin Larmond Jr. made 10 catches for 89 yards...The battle for backup QB between Dave Shinskie and Mike Marscovetra continued. QB Josh Bordner continues to battle back problems, which has limited his playing time in camp.

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