Eagles lose a starter

Safety Okoroha kicked off team

By Mark Blaudschun
Globe Staff / August 23, 2011

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In a move that further clouded the situation in the Boston College defensive backfield, coach Frank Spaziani announced yesterday that starting safety Okechukwu Okoroha had been dismissed from the team for disciplinary reasons.

When contacted at a team function last night, Spaziani would not elaborate, other than to say that the Eagles would reassess the secondary as they prepare for their season opener against Northwestern on Sept. 3.

The first hint that something was amiss came in Sunday afternoon’s situational scrimmage, when Spaziani kept both starting safeties - Okoroha and Dominick LeGrande - off the field.

The coach said after the scrimmage that the reason for the move was to find more depth in the backfield and to give both starters a break.

LeGrande may indeed be back in the rotation for tomorrow afternoon’s scrimmage, but Okoroha, a Nigerian native who became the starting free safety last season after starter Wes Davis went down with a neck injury, will not be back. A junior, Okoroha played in all 13 games last season and collected 27 tackles.

LeGrande, junior Jim Noel, and freshman Spenser Rositano, who started with Noel Sunday, will move into the rotation.

When asked last night if he had any combination in mind, Spaziani said no.

“We’ll go back to practice and see what develops,’’ he said.

With running backs Montel Harris (knee) and Andre Williams (ankle) sidelined with injuries, and with the defensive line and offensive line in flux because of injuries, the Eagles hardly seem ready for their opener.

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