Monday, August 26, 2013
BC notes: DB suspended for opener
By Jack McCluskey
NEWTON, Mass. -- Sophomore defensive back Al Louis-Jean has been suspended for the Eagles’ opener against Villanova due to a violation of team policy, Boston College coach Steve Addazio said Monday.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound sophomore is expected to rejoin the team for Week 2. Freshman John Johnson and junior James McCaffrey are listed in his place for Week 1, backing up starter Manny Asprilla.
Louis-Jean injured his foot during training camp in 2012 and missed the entire season. The Brockton, Mass., native has played in 10 career games and has 15 tackles (11 unassisted, four assisted), one forced fumble, three pass breakups and one interception.
Former head coach Frank Spaziani called him “Hobbs,” as in “The Natural.” And while Addazio hasn’t gone that far yet, he’s clearly been impressed by his backup tailback.
“Dave Dudeck is one of those guys, to me, I don’t know, I just really like who he is,” Addazio said. “He’s a scrappy battler. He’s playing inside receiver, he’s playing tailback, now he’s back there returning punts. Why? Because he’s really accountable. He’s just one of those guys, man, he’s just an accountable guy.
“Who could come out of camp and not feel great about David Dudeck?”
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound sophomore was pressed into service when injuries struck the backfield last season, starting three games and appearing in nine despite starting the preseason as a defensive back. Dudeck finished with 41 rushes for 116 yards and a touchdown, and added 21 receptions for 155 yards and a touchdown.
The Eagles have made a switch at fullback, with junior Jarrett Darmstatter listed on the two-deep depth chart as the starter (in place of senior Jake Sinkovec) and redshirt freshman Bobby Wolford the backup. Wolford started the preseason listed as a linebacker.
“I think he’s a guy who’s got some real toughness to him,” Addazio said of Wolford. “And I think he’s gonna develop really well at that position.”
Backup QB a question
While Chase Rettig is firmly entrenched as the starter at quarterback, the backup situation has been complicated by a training camp injury to would-be backup Josh Bordner.
That situation may be clearing up just in time for the opener.
“He took some snaps today, non-contact, throwing the football,” Addazio said of Bordner. “He’s limited. I think he’d be a question mark for the game on Saturday, still, at this point. But definitely heading in the right direction.”
If the 6-foot-4, 221-pound Bordner can’t go on Saturday, either senior Mike Marscovetra or freshman James Walsh would likely be the backup to Rettig.
Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.