Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Midseason report: Boston College
By ESPN.com staff
Record: 1-5, 0-3 ACC
It’s been a woeful first half of the season for the Eagles, who lost the ACC’s returning leading rusher, Montel Harris, for the first three games with a knee injury; one of their top receivers, Ifeanyi Momah, suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first game. It only got worse this past week when Harris and defensive tackle Kaleb Ramsey were deemed out for the season with injuries. First-year offensive coordinator Kevin Rogers also took a leave of absence in mid-September, and coach Frank Spaziani has said there has been a leadership problem, which stems in part from injuries and a lack of upperclassmen. The problems run deeper than that, though, as attendance is down and fan frustration is up. Athletic director Gene DeFilippo has said Spaziani’s job is safe for this year, and turnover at the head position has been a problem for a program that has had three different coaches in the past five seasons. It’s no wonder the Eagles have struggled on the field. BC got off to a poor start when it lost the season opener to Northwestern and the Wildcats’ backup quarterback, and it snowballed into an 0-3 start. Statistically, BC has been one of the worst teams in the country. The Eagles are last in the ACC in total offense, scoring offense and total defense. Their lone win came against Massachusetts. It’s not going to get any easier in the second half of the season. The Eagles have a bye week before facing a stretch that includes four of the final six games on the road. So far, all signs point to BC having its worst season since 1998.
Offensive MVP: Quarterback Chase Rettig: He is No. 10 in the ACC in passing average per game with 196.8 yards, and he has six touchdowns and five interceptions. He has completed 53.4 percent of his passes for 1,181 yards.
Defensive MVP: Linebacker Luke Kuechly: He’s still an All-American and one of the best linebackers in the country. He leads the nation in tackles with 99 and 16.5 per game.