Monday, August 23, 2010
Injuries adding up for Boston College
By ESPN.com staff
It's a good thing Boston College isn't opening the season against Notre Dame, because the Eagles aren't ready for that level of competition right now -- not with the amount of injuries that have been piling up.
The latest was receiver Colin Larmond Jr., who suffered an injury to his "lower leg" in Sunday's scrimmage, according to the Boston Globe. His return date is uncertain, but BC needs him healthy if it's going to compensate for the graduation of Rich Gunnell.
Larmond Jr. led BC receivers in average yards per catch (20.6) last season and had four of the Eagles' five longest receptions. He was second on the team in receptions (29), yards (596), touchdowns (5) and average per game (45.8).
Billy Flutie is slated as the other starting receiver, and he had five catches last season (two were touchdowns). Flutie was not available for the weekend scrimmage, according to the Boston Herald. Ryan Lindsey, Larmond Jr.'s backup, has one career catch. Ifeanyi Momah is the only other experienced receiver on the roster, and the coaching staff was planning on using him on the defensive line, too. That might not be such a good idea now.
Then again, the defensive line could really use some help as ends Alex Albright and Max Holloway didn't play in the scrimmage, either, and Damik Scafe is out with a back injury. Linebacker Mark Herzlich is still out with a broken foot.
If BC doesn't find some healthy, dependable receivers soon, count on opponents loading the box this fall to stop Montel Harris and dare the Eagles to throw. Harris is good, but as BC learned last season, he can't do it by himself.