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Sunday, October 15, 2006
BC QB Ryan now has ankle and foot problem

Associated Press

BOSTON -- Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan missed practice on Sunday as he tried to recover from a left foot injury sustained in the Eagles' victory over Virginia Tech.

"He still has an ankle problem but now he has something going on in his foot," coach Tom O'Brien said Sunday. "He's gimping around. He's limping a bit. He's come around before. Hopefully he'll be able to do it again."

Ryan injured his ankle in BC's first game of the season, then aggravated it in the second one. He was limping in the second half of Thursday night's game, which the Eagles won 22-3.

"He's obviously shown his toughness in the past," O'Brien said. "It's not something we would like to have. We'd like to have him at practice every day.

"He'll practice when he can get out there," O'Brien continued. "We'll see how he is Tuesday and go on from there."

The victory propelled Boston College (5-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) to No. 22 in The Associated Press Top 25 announced on Sunday. The Eagles play at Florida State on Saturday.

Ryan was not available for comment after Thursday's game because he was being evaluated. O'Brien would not comment on what treatment or tests Ryan had.

Also Sunday, O'Brien said he would try out other players on the team to replace walk-on Steve Aponavicius for kickoffs. The left-footed sophomore, who had never played in a football game before Thursday night's game against the Hokies, was a perfect 4-for-4 with two field goals and two extra points, but his kickoffs were short.

Wide receiver Brandon Robinson took over on kickoffs near the end of the game.

"We're going to have to reinvestigate that this week," O'Brien said. "We'll kick earlier this week, probably chart some kicks and do some things that we didn't get to last week."

O'Brien said he didn't think traveling to Tallahassee would unsettle Aponavicius, who played soccer in high school and was discovered fooling around in Alumni Stadium with a borrowed football on the first day of classes his sophomore year.

"I don't think anything fazes him," O'Brien said. "I wasn't worried about him last week and I'm not worried today."