Monday, August 9, 2010
Opening camp: Boston College
By ESPN.com staff
Schedule: Practice starts at 3:30 p.m. and is closed to public.
What’s new: The unis. Boston College switched to Under Armour after a long-standing uniform contract with Reebok.
Sidelined: Defensive lineman Damik Scafe is out and day-to-day with back problems, and Kaleb Ramsey is home in Pittsburgh and has not yet reported to camp for personal reasons. His status with the team remains uncertain.
Key battle: Field corner. DeLeon Gause and Donnie Fletcher will both play a lot. Gause has started 23 games and Fletcher has played in all 27 games since his true freshman season in 2008. Offensively, tight end will feature two players with starting experience in Lars Anderson and Chris Pantale. Pantale started every game last year and caught 25 passes for 223 yards and a touchdown. Anderson was used mostly for his blocking.
New on the scene: Redshirt freshman wide receiver Jonathan Coleman has cracked the two-deep. He came to BC from the Bronx, N.Y., and was a top wide receiver at Radnor High in Pennsylvania.
Breaking out: Receiver Colin Larmond Jr. He led BC’s receivers with 20.6 yards per catch last year and was second on the team with 29 receptions, 596 yards and five touchdowns. Former receiver Rich Gunnell was one of most underrated players in the conference, and the Eagles will need somebody to prove as dependable.
Don’t forget about: Right tackle Rich Lapham. He started 11 games last year and all 14 in 2008. Anthony Castonzo gets most of the attention on this line, but Montel Harris wouldn’t have racked up all of those yards without Lapham’s help.
All eyes on: Linebacker Mark Herzlich. He’s made a miraculous recovery from Ewing’s Sarcoma cancer and is looking to play as good as or better than he did in 2008 when he was named the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Year. It’s a remarkable story and one even non-football fans across the country should be watching.
Quotable: "Last year, it was all new. No matter what you say about being an experienced coach, being a head coach is all new. It was the first time. So I’ve got that under my belt and just like anything else, I’ve got to move forward. You can’t teach experience, so I’ve got one year under my belt." -- Coach Frank Spaziani.