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Eagles expect to be treated to tricks

By Mark Blaudschun
Globe Staff / September 30, 2011

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Wake Forest comes to Alumni Stadium tomorrow with a 2-1 record and a reputation as a team that can be beaten - something that has happened each time the Demon Deacons have come to Boston since 2003.

But they also bring a reputation for coming up with trick plays out of coach Jim Grobe’s playbook.

“They are more adept than anybody I’ve ever seen,’’ said Boston College coach Frank Spaziani when asked about the trick-play arsenal. “When they run a play, it works.’’

Which is why the Eagles’ defensive unit spent part of the time at practice this week preparing for the unusual.

“I remember from the two years I’ve been here, they have run a ton of trick plays,’’ said BC middle linebacker Luke Kuechly. “Wake Forest is known for something they pull out of the bag. They’re always good at it. They will set it up, set it up, and set it up and run a trick off of it.’’

Kuechly says patience is the best approach.

“You can’t get greedy, you can’t get out of position,’’ he said. “You know they are going to run the same play at you and once guys start cheating, start getting out of position, then they will toss it in there and - bam - they will hit on you and it will be so fast that you don’t know what happened.’’

A case in point was last year’s 23-13 BC victory in which the Eagles held what looked like a secure 20-6 lead in the fourth quarter. Then the Deacons ran a reverse on which wide receiver Marshall Williams connected with Chris Givens on a 41-yard touchdown that made it a one-possession game.

Asked if BC had any tricks in its playbook, Spaziani laughed and said, “Yes, but they’re all on defense.’’

Bring the folks The Parents Day weekend festivities should boost attendance, which has been below capacity (44,500) in the first three home games . . . On the injury report, offensive guard Nathan Richman (back) was doubtful. “He went to get another opinion,’’ said Spaziani. “So we’ll see what happens.’’ . . . Defensive tackle Kaleb Ramsey (foot) was questionable, as was linebacker Nick Clancy (upper body) . . . Defensive back Sean Sylvia is back on the depth chart after being suspended for a week by Spaziani . . . Out for the season is defensive lineman Connor Wujciak, who is having surgery on his shoulder today.

A game-changer Spaziani, like most sports fans in New England, was caught up in the baseball drama Wednesday night, not only with the Red Sox-Orioles game, but Rays-Yankees and Phillies-Braves. Spaziani, a Yankees fan, marveled at the final moments of the Sox’ loss and Tampa’s comeback. “One of the most intense hours I’ve ever spent,’’ he said. “I was going from channel to channel to channel on every pitch.’’

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