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Between the Goal Posts: Shinskie says he's ready

Posted by Mark Blaudschun, Globe Staff  August 31, 2009 08:34 AM

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Boston College coach Frank Spaziani released the two-deep depth charts for the Eagles opener against Northeastern on Saturday and QB David Shinskie's name is not on the QB list.
"This stinks,''' Shinskie said before practice on Sunday, meaning not the depth chart omission, but not practicing.
Shinskie suffered a cracked rib in a scrimmage 10 days ago. He has been missing from action ever since and time is running out for the 25-year old former minor league baseball player to begin his college football career on time. "I'm feeling better. I'm going to be at practice Tuesday, ready to go.''
Spaziani hopes that is the case. Right now he has Justin Tuggle and Michael Marscovetra listed as either or at QB. But he is leaving a crack open for Shinskie to sneak through.
"You never know,'' he said. "If he (Shinskie) comes out on Tuesday and is unbelievable, well we'll see. Anythinig is possible I guess.''
Technically Shinskie is cleared to practice. The BC medical folks say it is a pain tolerance factor. Some players have lots of it, some don't. Cracked ribs take time to heal. Shinskie knows he doesn't have any more time.
The season starts Saturday. BC doesn't have a bye week until November. If he wants to play this season he is going to have to deal with pain.
Shinskie understands this. He understands that football mentality about injuries and pain is different than a baseball mentality. He is adjustiing.
He also knows that for this week at least--Tuesday will be his last chance to show what he can do. It's tryout time all over again. Tuggle, a redshirt freshman who will also be making his debut as a collegiate QB, has been working with the first team offense for the past week. Marscovetra, a true freshman, has been working with the second team.
Spaziani says that whomever emerges from Tuesday's practice as the first team QB will be the starter on Saturday. "We have to start somebody,'' said Spaziani. "And we have to get that person-- whomever that is-- ready.''
Meaning more snaps, more reps.
Whether Shinskie will be a factor remainn to be seen. Tune in on Tuesday for an update.
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Players are off today, but two-deep which was released on Sunday offered a few surprises. Four true freshmen--offensive tackle John Wetzel, Marscovetra, linebacker Luke Kuechly and strong safety Jim Noel and nine redshirt freshmen are on the two deep. That's a young team.
Of that group, left guard Emmett Cleary, tight end Chris Pantale, Tuggle or Marscovetra or Shinskie, middle linebacker Kuechly, andd weakside linebacker Alexander DiSanzo will start...In essence, BC will also start two tight ends. Pantale and last year's starter Lars Anderson who is listed as the starting fullback, but will be primarily a blocker in the offensive scheme...Linebacker Mark Herzlich returned to the BC locker room and will be at every game, every practice as he deals with the cancer which sideleined him in May. "it's going as well as can be expected,'' said Herzlich, who was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, an aggressive form of bone cancer. "The treatments have gone really well and the tumor is now gone and they don't plan on any surgery other than to insert a rod for strength, but its not supposed to be invasive. So we will see what happens (as far as returning to football). I'm going to continue the chemo up here (at Dana Farber) next week and go through the fall (four courses) get my degree early and see where we are at. It's just good to be back though.''
Odds and Ends: Michigan fallout continues over reports that Wolverines under second year coach Rich Rodriguez violated the NCAA rules of 20 hours of practice a week during the season and 8 hours a week during the off season. School says it will conduct a full investigation. Right now, Wolverines are dealing with major violations if NCAA can substantiate the charges. Excuse some Wolverines are using is that "everyone'' does it, among the major BCS schools. Every school has an off season workout program, but according to statements made by the players, Wolverine coaching staff or their reps were very much a presence, which is a major NCAA no-no. At 3-9 last season, you wonder what would have happened to the Wolverinies if they hadn't practiced as much...Season begins on Thursday with two marquee television games South Carolina at North Carolina State and Oregon at Boise State.

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