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BC defense dominates again

Posted by Mark Blaudschun, Globe Staff  August 13, 2008 05:03 PM

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The good news for Boston College quarterback Chris Crane came earlier in the day on Wednesday when he was elected co-captain (along with linebacker Mike McLaughlin).
The not-so-good news came during today's scrimmage, when a blitzing, aggressive Eagle defense made every offensive series the Eagles ran an adventure. Crane threw 25 times, completed 14 to the offense and four to the defense which also came up with eight sacks and outscored the offense 3 TDs to one.

"If my defense can get points like that, we're going to win a lot of games,'' said coach Jeff Jagodzinski with a laugh after the scrimmage. "It wasn't very good offensively tonight. The defense took advantage of the turnovers. I hope by Kent State we at least get a first down.''

Jagodzinski still has plenty of times to fix what's ailing the Eagle offense. So does Crane, who spend several minutes talking to offensive coordinator Steve Logan after the scrimmage, doing an instant analysis of what went wrong.

Crane gave the credit to the defense as much as any offensive woes, but conceded things had to be improved. "It's frustrating, but its comforting to know that our defense will be playing on our side of the ball once the season starts. They're really good and they were blitzing today. I need to make my decisions a little faster, a little more precise. It's things I will take into my memory bank as we get into the season, but it's nothing that can't be worked out.''

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The Eagles will not practice Thursday, but will deal with picture day activities as they prepare for their regular season opener against Kent State in Cleveland on Aug. 30...Practice will resume Friday, with the third scrimmage set for Sunday afternoon...Jagodzinski is solidifying his offensive line and made a switch pulling Clif Ramsey at left guard and replacing him with Nick Rossi.. He says he will continue to tinker until he gets the five players he feels gives him his strongest combination....Eagles elected captains today: QB Chris Crane and LB Mike McLaughlin....Kicker Billy Bennett had a solid afternoon with successful field goals of 28 and 39 yards, while Steve Aponavicius made his one attempt from 29 yards...Defense had the stars of the day with defensive tackle B.J. Raji and defensive back Paul Anderson returned interceptions for touchdowns. Defensive end Alex Albright had two sacks. Freshman defensive end Max Holloway had five tackles and freshman defensive tackle Kaleb Ramsey had four tackles.

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