Boston Colleges: Colin Larmond Jr.

Eagles unfazed by rash of injuries

August, 31, 2012
NEWTON, Mass. -- Eventually it got to a point when all they could do was shake their heads in disbelief.

One player went down, then another. And then another.

Injuries will always be a part of football, and the Eagles understand that. But to have this many, this early in the process?

Chris Pantale was lost first, then Al Louis-Jean got hurt. Deuce Finch, Tahj Kimble and Kaleb Ramsey all missed time in camp with various injuries. And now Bobby Swigert, QB Chase Rettig's go-to guy for much of last season, is out for several weeks with an injury of his own.

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Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesWR Bobby Swigert is one of several key Eagles who are sidelined by injuries at the start of the season.
"It's always gonna have an effect on a team when your playmakers are not on the field, but I think that our offense is dynamic enough to overcome the injuries," running back Andre Williams said Wednesday as the Eagles were preparing for their season opener against Miami on Saturday (3:30 p.m., ESPN2).

Williams has seen first-hand the effect injuries can have on a team. Though he's been healthy through training camp, Williams was held out of a scrimmage because of injuries to fellow RBs Finch and Kimble. Head coach Frank Spaziani didn't want to risk an injury to Williams, too.

No one in Chestnut Hill is looking to use the injuries as an excuse. Don't get things twisted.

"That's just something that you just gotta go with," senior receiver Colin Larmond Jr. said. "I suffered that a few years ago."

Larmond, who missed the 2010 season with an ACL injury, said BC's coaches have preached accountability to the players, before and after the recent spate of injuries.

"They always tell us if you go out there, don't take practice for granted," he said. "Take it one step at a time, one day at a time. You have to give it your all, keep trying, keep getting better."

Players have to know that they may be one snap away from being a starter. And they have to prepare accordingly.

That doesn't mean the losses of Pantale, who was voted a captain this season before breaking a bone in his foot and undergoing surgery to repair it, and Swigert, who is out with a knee injury, will hurt any less.

"It hurts, just because me and him are close off the field," Rettig said of Swigert's injury. "He just loves playing football and he has a great work ethic, he's always there, 24-7. On the field he's quiet and calm and smooth.

"It's just a target that we're gonna miss for a couple weeks but someone else will step up. Guys have been stepping up in practice so we just need to see that transition onto the field."

Larmond agreed with his quarterback.

"It just gives other people a chance to step up," he said.

And if you ask the veteran, there is no shortage of wideouts capable of filling in. He cited Johnathan Coleman and Alex Amidon as two players to watch.

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BC backfield takes another hit

August, 16, 2012
The bad news just keeps coming for Boston College this summer.

Featured tailback Rolandan Finch, the team’s leading rusher last season, injured his foot in Wednesday night's scrimmage, according to the Boston Herald.

“I hate to say it, but it is his foot, but it’s a little too early to say more,” coach Frank Spaziani told the paper. “We put some ice on it and do the usual routine, X-ray and MRI.”

The Eagles had recently announced the news of injuries to starting tight end Chris Pantale and cornerback Al Louis-Jean. Boston College was already missing one of its top rushers, as Montel Harris was dismissed from the team in early May.

In Wednesday's scrimmage, junior tailback Andre Williams carried the ball seven times for 18 yards and two touchdowns, which included one touchdown in goal-line simulation. Freshman George Craan, who also scored one touchdown in goal-line simulation, carried five times for 12 yards. Senior Mike Javorski carried the ball nine times.

The good news is that the quarterbacks played well.

Starter Chase Rettig completed 14-of-21 passing attempts for 259 yards and one touchdown. He completed passes of at least 12 yards seven times, including a 72-yard touchdown to senior Colin Larmond Jr., passes of 30 and 35 yards to junior Alex Amidon, and a 26-yard completion to junior Johnathan Coleman.

“I’m looking for him [Rettig] to run the operation, make good decisions, and, right now, run our offense,” Spaziani said, according to the team's scrimmage report. “We did a couple new things out here today, gave him some more stuff to do. I thought the quarterbacks -- they looked fine. I think he’s been practicing well.”

He's going to have to play well, too, if the Eagles are going to overcome all of these injuries.