|Quarterback David Shinskie has missed practice time with a cracked rib, but should play some Saturday. (Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff)|
DiSanzo latest to feel the pain
With the quarterback situation settled, at least temporarily -Justin Tuggle and David Shinskie will both play in Saturday’s season opener against Northeastern - Boston College coach Frank Spaziani yesterday focused on a more pressing problem, how to deal with a linebacking corps that has been decimated by injuries and illness, and keeps taking hits.
The latest casualty is redshirt freshman Alexander DiSanzo, who had been penciled in to start on the weak side, next to true freshman Luke Kuechly and sophomore Dominick LeGrande. DiSanzo banged up his shoulder late in practice Tuesday, did not practice yesterday, and is doubtful for Saturday.
Add that to the absences of veterans Mark Herzlich, who is out for the season while he undergoes chemotherapy treatments for cancer, and Mike McLaughlin, who tore his Achilles’ tendon during the offseason and will miss at least the next few weeks, and Spaziani has reason for concern.
Throw in the uncertainty along the defensive line, where the Eagles are adjusting to life without tackles Ron Brace and B.J. Raji, and where right tackle Kaleb Ramsey is out with an ankle injury.
“I’m not sure what we’re going to do yet,’’ said Spaziani, who had sophomore Dan Williams filling in for DiSanzo yesterday. “We’re running out of bodies and this isn’t the NFL. We can’t just go out and find someone to replace the people who get hurt. Maybe we’ll go into a 5-2-4 setup [five linemen, two linebackers, and four defensive backs]. I don’t know.’’
Meanwhile, Shinskie, a true freshman and 25-year-old former minor league pitcher, is behind in his preparation after suffering a cracked rib in a scrimmage two weeks ago.
“He missed two scrimmages and it shows,’’ said Spaziani, who says he may alternate quarterbacks on each series or every few series. “We’ll see how the game goes. But both of them will play in some sequence.’’
Tuggle, a redshirt freshman, is expected to start. Mike Marscovetra, another true freshman in the mix, could also see playing time. “[Spaziani] told me that I might play,’’ said Marscovetra. “Or I might start.’’
“He’s not starting,’’ said Spaziani, with a laugh.