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Between the Goal Posts: BC looking for leaders

Posted by Mark Blaudschun, Globe Staff  August 21, 2009 07:57 AM

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There are two weeks to go before the opening game against Northeastern, and Boston College is still in a full search mode for a starting QB. That problem will be resolved--one way or another--shortly.

But there may be a bigger picture item which will be the key to BC's success this season: Leadership.

Where is it? Who is it? Is it there at all?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Start with the defense. Last year, the Eagles had defensive linemen B.J. Raji and Ron Brace as the on-the-field stoppers. They had LB Mark Herzlich and Mike McLaughlin as on-the-field and vocal leaders.

On offense, BC had veterans such as WR Brandon Robinson and QB Chris Crane -- although in his first year as a starter, he was a fifth-year senior.

Raji and Brace are gone. Herzlich is battling cancer. McLaughlin can still lead, but he is working out, recovering from a torn Achilles tendon that will sideline him until mid-September at the very earliest.

Offensively? Veterans dominate the offensive line, including center Matt Tennant. But QB, always vital, is a murky situation at best as BC coach Frank Spaziani called it, and no one on the roster has taken a snap at BC as a QB.

Whoops.

Don't get me wrong. BC has some talent, some good young talent -- watch out for freshman linebacker Luke Kuechly, who is moving rapidly up the depth chart. But it's all raw.

At QB, freshman Michael Marscovetra, recruited by almost no one, has a big time arm and could be a star of the future. But he needs seasoning. So does 25-year-old freshman David Shinskie, which is one of the reasons for the murky situation at QB.

Experience comes with playing time, but leadership is more elusive, and the Eagles need it desperately right now.

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Odds and Ends: The Eagles had yesterday off, resume workouts today, and have another scrimmage on Sunday ... ACC deal with the Sun Bowl seems like a good one for the Sun Bowl, especially if gets get the ACC championship game loser, someone that neither the Chick-Fil-A nor the Gator Bowl has been overly enthusiastic about choosing. Looking at some skeds, did you see Miami's opening segment: At Florida State, Georgia Tech, at Virginia Tech, and Oklahoma. The combined record of those teams last year was 40-14....Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has closed off all media access to the players and coaches for the next two weeks. And this is the preseason. Wonder what he will do before the Cowboys game against Oklahoma? Ask President Obama to lend him some Secret Service agents for security. Compare that to the loose attitude USC and Pete Carroll have during their training camp. This week a couple of Trojan players staged a fake fight as a prank to fool Carroll.

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