Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Questions remain for BC
By Heather Dinich
Boston College coach Frank Spaziani said improvements were made this spring, but he won’t know just how much better his team will be until they actually line up against somebody else. The biggest question remaining heading into fall camp is up front, where the Eagles have to replace three offensive linemen and three defensive linemen.
“That’s a big concern,” Spaziani said.
The good news for BC fans is that the offensive line has more depth than it did a year ago. Nathan Richman started 10 games last year, Mark Spinney started the last eight games at center, and Emmett Cleary also made 10 starts -- five at left guard, five at right tackle. There is also better depth at the running back position, where Andre Williams has proved to be a more than capable backup to Montel Harris.
All of them made the transition this spring into a new system under first-year offensive coordinator Kevin Rogers. Just how much progress quarterback Chase Rettig made remains to be seen.
“He’s gotten better in a lot of aspects, but the true test is when you get into real games,” Spaziani said. “He has a better understanding of what we expect and the people around him. By no means is he a finished product.”
That’s the case for the entire roster.
“We have young guys who have to show us they can produce in a big-time situation,” Spaziani said. “Our schedule doesn’t lend itself to not being ready real fast. That’s a concern, a big concern. We have to get these guys up to speed so they can produce before 80,000 people.”