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O'Brien pleased with Eagles' scrimmage

The Boston College football team last night conducted its third scrimmage of preseason camp, an exercise that left coach Tom O'Brien encouraged.

''I thought the kids competed hard," O'Brien said. ''There weren't many penalties, and once again -- knock on wood -- we didn't put it on the ground. We'll learn a lot from watching [the film]."

Fifth-year senior quarterback Quinton Porter connected on 11 of 16 passes for 176 yards, including a completion of 56 yards on a screen play to sophomore running back L.V. Whitworth, and a 1-yard TD toss to Larry Lester that was set up by Will Blackmon's acrobatic 27-yard sideline catch.

Blackmon, looking more and more comfortable with his switch from cornerback to wide receiver, led all receivers with five catches for 95 yards, including a long of 40.

''When at first he was approached, he wasn't all fired up to go to wide receiver," O'Brien said. ''But he's embraced it, he's worked extremely hard, and he's gotten better each and every time out. That's what shows up right now, the effort he's put into it."

Sophomore QB Matt Ryan also showed some promise in completing 16 of 25 passes for 156 yards, including a long of 31 yards to Kevin Challenger (five receptions, 71 yards).

''He's got a pretty good knack for creating some situations," O'Brien said. ''Obviously, he did that tonight. He competes really hard and the game's really important to him.

''We're just fortunate to have him here at Boston College."

Sophomore running back Andre Callender, who sat out the first two scrimmages nursing a groin injury, rushed seven times for 23 yards, scoring on a 15-yard run. Sophomore A.J. Brooks also returned after sitting out with a leg injury to rush 10 times for 13 yards.

BC's special teams got the first score of the scrimmage when freshman Razzie Smith blocked Ryan Ohliger's 48-yard field goal attempt. Jamie Silva scooped up the loose ball, picked up a nice block from Jolonn Dunbar, and scored on a 33-yard return.

''I like the way they competed," O'Brien said of his team's overall effort. ''That's what you look for, especially at this point [in camp]. Their legs are dead, they're tired, they're sore, and in some cases they're almost 'hit-out,' but they went after it."

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