Making the call at QB will be Spaziani's first test
Pick a quarterback. Any quarterback. Make him No. 1 on your depth chart, think about it, watch some tape, talk to him, watch some practice, and then wait a day, a week, even a month. And then change the depth chart again.
Welcome to the world of BC football, which concludes spring practice this afternoon with the annual Jay McGillis Memorial Game at Alumni Stadium, with Dominique Davis, Codi Boek, and Justin Tuggle the quarterbacks vying for the opportunity to begin the season as the starter against Northeastern Sept. 5.
If there is anything that keeps first-year coach Frank Spaziani up at night - but not too late, because Spaz is an early to bed, early to rise guy - it is the question of who will be his quarterback when the season begins.
Unlike two years ago, when quarterback Matt Ryan was the unquestioned leader of the team, or even last year, when senior Chris Crane was the starter, 2009 offers something different.
"We don't have a the guy," said Spaziani. "We will have a quarterback, but we haven't settled on that position. We have Davis, Tuggle, and Boek, and obviously in the spring it's hard to get all the quarterbacks a lot of work. There's competition there, that's for sure."
Davis is the leader of the group in terms of experience, which consists of three games as the starter last season in which he completed 63 of 138 passes for 741 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions. This spring he has participated in two scrimmages, with mixed results.
"A work in progress," Spaziani said. "He's the leader right now. But we might not know until the opening game."
Tuggle redshirted last season as a freshman. He still has potential, but has not taken a leap forward. Today, Tuggle will have another chance to impress Spaziani and new offensive coordinator Gary Tranquill.
Boek is a junior with college quarterbacking experience, but it was in junior college in California two years ago. Last season, he was listed as the backup fullback and played on special teams.
Now he is back as a quarterback, and in the two scrimmages displayed the best arm strength.
"It's fun," said Boek. "I'm back playing QB, doing things I want to do. It's a great challenge and it's something I'm looking forward to doing."
Spaziani says his mind is open. "He might be the guy," Spaziani said of Boek. "What we have to do now is evaluate what we have seen over the next couple of months and start over again this summer and find someone."
Don't expect there to be any answers today. The Eagles are thin in a lot of areas because of injuries. "We have only six healthy offensive linemen, so we might have to shorten things up quiet a bit," said Spaziani.
Meanwhile, junior Damik Scafe is making a strong push at defensive tackle, where senior Brendan Deska has also had a strong spring.
In a conference call this week, Spaziani was asked how it feels to be at the top of the coaching depth chart after being a career assistant.
"I'm at the bottom of the ACC depth chart, but yeah, it's energizing," said Spaziani with a laugh. "In a different way, it's energizing."