BC's Spaziani looking for a quarterback
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
Boston College coach Frank Spaziani's perspective on the football team is a lot broader than it used to be. This spring, he's concentrating on the entire roster -- not just the defense -- and the former defensive coordinator is looking for a quarterback.
Five practices have come and gone, and there doesn't seem to be much separation yet among Dominique Davis, Justin Tuggle and Codi Boek. All three are learning a pro-style offense under first-year coordinator Gary Tranquill, but Davis has the edge in experience after starting the final three games of 2008.
"How are they looking?" Spaziani said. "They're looking like they need practice."
Here's the rundown:
Davis: His playing time came in Steve Logan's system, and Davis knows he'll need to improve his pocket presence under Tranquill. He looked capable of leading the offense in the regular-season finale -- a home win over Maryland -- but ended the season with back-to-back losses. Overall, Davis completed 45.7 percent of his passes(63 of 138) and threw six touchdowns and four interceptions.
Tuggle: The redshirt freshman from Georgia has the pedigree. His father, Jesse Tuggle, was a five-time Pro Bowl linebacker with the Atlanta Falcons, and his mother 's uncle is former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman and Hall of Famer Rayfield Wright.
Boek: He has made the complete 360 from quarterback to fullback and quarterback again. He came to BC last year as a junior college transfer and made the move to fullback. When Spaziani was hired, he asked Beck if he wanted to move back. Boek played the 2007 season at American River Junior College after beginning his collegiate career at Idaho State in 2006.
Of the three of them, only Davis has playing experience at the FBS level.
Is it an area of concern?
"Oh yeah," Spaziani said. "I haven't gotten dumb. Quarterback is a very important position."
Despite the ongoing search for a No. 1 quarterback, Spaziani said he likes what he's seeing on the offensive side.
"I see progress being made on offense," he said. "We've got a whole new system and a bunch of new coaches over there, but every day they're getting better, they really are. Now, whether they're good enough or not is different, but they're getting better every day."