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Could Bordner take it and run with it?

By Mark Blaudschun
Globe Staff / November 18, 2011

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A quarterback rotation for Boston College tomorrow at Notre Dame?

Not really. Unless . . .

. . . Chase Rettig comes out flat and the Eagles need to jump-start their offense once again.

Coach Frank Spaziani is definitive in saying that Rettig, who began his BC career against Notre Dame at Alumni Stadium a year ago, is still No. 1 on the depth chart.

But Spaziani is also taking a longer look at redshirt freshman Josh Bordner, who has made cameo appearances in the last two games.

Bordner came to BC the same time as Rettig, in January 2010, as a quarterback of the future. But Rettig developed quicker, and when Bordner had back issues during training camp this year, he was shuffled back in the pack.

“We were developing him and trying to get him up the ladder,’’ said Spaziani. “He was injured in preseason and that retarded his progress. But we saw progress and started giving him more work.’’

Spaziani and the coaching staff saw things in Bordner. At 6 feet 4 inches, 220 pounds, he could run the ball. And the BC depth chart was depleted at running back.

Two weeks ago against Florida State, Bordner carried seven times for 45 yards, and last week against North Carolina State, he rushed six times for 21 yards.

He has attempted only two passes and completed one - a 37-yard bomb to Bobby Swigert - but there seems to be little question about his arm strength among teammates and coaches.

Spaziani is not going to throw Bordner right in against Notre Dame, but then again, with the Eagles’ 3-7 record, he is not afraid of going outside the box and using Bordner in certain situations.

Feeling good

BC’s injury list is as light as it has been all season. Spaziani declared that there were no problems with the offensive line, defensive line, and running backs. Only defensive back Jim Noel (ankle) was listed as doubtful . . . Outside linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis (ankle) has returned to practice and should be available . . . Running back Andre Williams remains the starter, as Rolandan Finch’s fumbles in back-to-back games basically limited him to a cameo against North Carolina State last week.

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