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BC quarterbacks have strong surrounding cast

4/23/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Whoever winds up being Boston College's quarterback this fall -- Dominique Davis, Justin Tuggle or Codi Boek -- will have plenty of help returning from last year's Atlantic Division-winning team.

The quarterback position has easily been the biggest question mark in Chestnut Hill this spring, and with the Eagles' spring game quickly approaching and the competition still close, odds are it's one that will play out in summer camp. But don't underestimate the other factors first-year coordinator Gary Tranquill has to work with:

  • BC should have one of the best offensive lines in the ACC. Four starters return there, including senior center Matt Tennant and junior tackle Anthony Costanzo, who has started 28 straight games.

  • The staff seems to love sophomore tailback Montel Harris, whose 900 rushing yards last year were the most ever by a BC freshman running back.

  • Two of the top three receivers return in seniors Rich Gunnell (49 catches) and Justin Jarvis (25 catches). Expectations are also higher for tight end Lars Anderson, who played in every game last year and caught nine passes for 84 yards and a touchdown.

And that's just the offensive side of the ball. BC's secondary might be one of the best it's had in years, and it never hurts to have the ACC Defensive Player of the Year back for another season in Mark Herzlich.

It's too early to tell how much the surrounding playmakers can compensate for an inexperienced quarterback, but there's no question they will help ease the transition.