BC can cool down before heat arrives

By Mark Blaudschun
Globe Staff / September 13, 2010

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The Boston College football team does not have an opponent next weekend, and Frank Spaziani couldn’t be happier.

“This is spring practice in the fall,’’ said the Eagles coach.

A day after BC improved to 2-0 with a 26-13 win over Kent State and two weeks before the Eagles host Virginia Tech, Spaziani said he and his staff will be in teaching mode this week.

“We are reevaluating personnel,’’ said Spaziani. “We might look down the road to see who we might get ready. We are looking at some guys on our depth chart we had contemplated redshirting.’’

The most obvious question is whether there will be any change in the status of highly recruited freshman Chase Rettig, who is No. 3 on the depth chart.

Rettig started to warm up in the second quarter of Saturday’s game. Was Spaziani considering giving up a redshirt season for the QB many people believe could be the brightest star of all the BC recruits?

“No one made a sign [to] the bullpen,’’ said Spaziani, meaning the coaching staff did not instruct Rettig to warm up. “We have our plan for him.’’

For now, Spaziani must get his team ready for conference play after two nondescript victories over nonconference opponents.

Quarterback remains a key issue, although starter Dave Shinskie’s second-half resurgence, when he threw a pair of TD passes after a shaky first half in which the Eagles only had a 6-3 lead, brought some smiles to the staff.

“He did some nice things,’’ said Spaziani. “He still frustrates us in some areas, but he did some things. But now we need to see whether he’s going to go where we need him to go.’’

The coach did say he feels better about his defense, which showed aggressiveness and nastiness in limiting Kent State to one meaningless fourth-quarter touchdown. “We saw some improvement in some areas, not as much in other areas,’’ Spaziani said.

The bottom line is that the Eagles did what they needed to do in their first two games. After Virginia Tech, the Eagles host Notre Dame and then travel to North Carolina State and Florida State.

“Things are going to get heated,’’ said Spaziani. “Real heated.’’