Three scrimmages down, one to go for the Boston College football team. The final preseason test will be more to go over specific situations as the team prepares for the regular-season opener Sept. 1 vs. Wake Forest. Yesterday, coach Jeff Jagodzinski seemed pleased with his offense's progress.
"A lot better," said Jagodzinski, who used a talk to kick-start the offense in the second half of yesterday's scrimmage. "As long as you're improving every week. We're making a step toward Wake Forest. I was happy with today. We've still got some work to do. But we have 13 days to get it done."
The offense has been sputtering throughout training camp and continued to do so early yesterday as Jagodzinski continued to tweak the offensive line. His latest move was to switch Clif Ramsey from right tackle to right guard, apparently solidifying Anthony Castonzo as the starting right tackle. Jagodzinski has heaped praise on the 6-foot-7-inch, 262-pound true freshman throughout camp.
"We're getting close with that [offensive line]," said Jagodzinski, who made it sound as if the unit of Matt Tennant (center), Gosder Cherilus (left tackle), Castonzo, Ryan Poles (left guard), and Ramsey will start against Wake Forest.
Starting quarterback Matt Ryan also had a better day, despite tossing an interception that was returned for a touchdown by defensive end Allan Smith.
"We got into a better rhythm," said Ryan, who called audibles on about 25 percent of the plays. "We're starting to make some progress."
The Eagles will tweak some more and try to get healthy -- running backs L.V. Whitworth and Jeff Smith did not dress and backup QB Chris Crane was also held out, which gave more reps to freshman Chris Johnson.
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